Concreters pour, spread, smooth and finish concrete for structures such as floors, stairs, ramps, footpaths and bridges.

Also known as: Concrete Worker.

You can work as a Concreter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in concreting might be helpful.

Tasks

  • erecting concrete form work and laying steel reinforcing
  • pouring, spreading and levelling concrete using screeds and templates
  • tamping, smoothing, shaping and sealing concrete
  • operating trowelling machines to float, trowel and polish concrete surfaces
  • forming expansion joints and edges using edging tools, jointers and straight edges
  • installing fixtures in concrete such as anchor bolts, steel plates and door sills
  • wetting concrete and rubbing with abrasives to finish vertical surfaces
  • covering concrete with plastic sheeting and sand to cure it
  • cutting lines in concrete using power cutters
  • may cover freshly poured concrete with colouring powders and other materials

All Concreters

  • $2,100 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 46,100 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Concreters (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 46,100 in 2018 to 51,400 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 51,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 10,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Concreters work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,100 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200836500
200937200
201036400
201137500
201239300
201336200
201434400
201533100
201636200
201742100
201846100
202351400

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsConcretersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings21001460

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)
Construction91.2
Public Administration and Safety2.8
Manufacturing2.5
Administrative and Support Services0.9
Other Industries2.6

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.
StateConcretersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.931.6
VIC28.325.6
QLD23.520.0
SA6.37.0
WA9.410.8
TAS1.32.0
NT1.11.0
ACT1.11.9

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 BracketConcretersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.9-5.05.0
20-2412.6-9.39.3
25-3429.5-22.922.9
35-4423.5-22.022.0
45-5418.5-21.621.6
55-596.2-9.09.0
60-643.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationConcretersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV38.9-21.121.1
Year 1217.4-18.118.1
Year 118.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below31.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Concreter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in concreting might be helpful.

Membership with Concrete Institute of Australia may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • 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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Concreters who are hardworking, can work independently and are physically fit.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    62% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Mechanical

    56% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and Management

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    49% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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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, 47-2051.00 - Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    100% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    95% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  4. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    89% Important

    How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

  5. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    87% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2051.00 - Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers.

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