Ironers or Pressers iron or press garments and other fabrics, such as delicate and formal wear, in a commercial laundry or private residence.

    You can work as an Ironer or Presser without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in dry cleaning operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Smoothes articles and guides them through cleaning and pressing machines.
    • Stops and starts machines to untangle, straighten and remove articles.
    • Makes minor repairs.
    • Irons and presses clean articles.
    • Places articles on shelves and hangs articles for delivery and collection.
    • Packages articles and prepares orders for dispatch.

    More about Laundry Workers

    All Laundry Workers

    • $937 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Ironers and Pressers

    • 900 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 32% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 51 years Average age
    • 74% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Ironers and Pressers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 1,200 in 2011 to 900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Ironers and Pressers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (32%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (67%).
    • Gender: 74% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Other Services75.2
    Manufacturing8.3
    Administrative and Support Services5.6
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.5
    Other Industries8.4

    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.
    StateIroners and PressersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.031.6
    VIC27.725.6
    QLD21.020.0
    SA6.37.0
    WA11.210.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.41.9

    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 BracketIroners and PressersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.2-5.05.0
    20-244.4-9.39.3
    25-349.3-22.922.9
    35-4417.0-22.022.0
    45-5426.6-21.621.6
    55-5917.0-9.09.0
    60-6413.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationIroners and PressersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree9.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.9-21.121.1
    Year 1225.3-18.118.1
    Year 117.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below37.9-12.512.5

    You can work as an Ironer or Presser without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in dry cleaning operations might be helpful.

    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 Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      44% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Education and training

      43% Skill level

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

    3. English language

      39% Skill level

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

    4. Mechanical

      38% Skill level

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

    5. Administration and management

      34% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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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, 51-6021.00 - Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend time standing

      100% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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

      99% Important

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

    3. Indoors, not heat controlled

      89% Important

      Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

    4. Making repetitive motions

      88% Important

      Spend time making repetitive motions.

    5. Time pressure

      88% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

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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, 51-6021.00 - Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials.

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