Materials Recyclers salvage materials from industrial, commercial and private establishments for resale.

Also known as: Scrap Materials Buyer.

Specialisations: Automotive Dismantler, Bottle Dealer, Waste Recycler.

You can work as a Materials Recycler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Sorts, packs and stores plastics, glass, paper, metals and other recyclable materials which have been collected from household, commercial and industrial premises in preparation for use in creating new products.

All Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons

  • $1,128 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Materials Recyclers

  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Materials Recyclers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 2,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Materials Recyclers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Wholesale Trade; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (69%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Wholesale Trade53.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services22.0
Health Care and Social Assistance6.1
Manufacturing4.9
Other Industries13.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMaterials RecyclersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.331.6
VIC25.225.6
QLD19.520.0
SA11.77.0
WA8.910.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.81.0
ACT0.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMaterials RecyclersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.7-5.05.0
20-249.6-9.39.3
25-3420.1-22.922.9
35-4420.1-22.022.0
45-5423.5-21.621.6
55-5910.2-9.09.0
60-646.5-6.06.0
65 and Over6.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMaterials RecyclersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.5-21.121.1
Year 1221.6-18.118.1
Year 117.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below42.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Materials Recycler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Retail Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    68% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Education and training

    55% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. English language

    52% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Public safety and security

    51% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9199.01 - Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    86% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    85% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9199.01 - Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

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