Fruit and Vegetable Factory Workers operate machines and perform routine tasks to prepare canned and frozen fruit and vegetables, and make and package sauces, jams and juices.

    You can work as a Fruit and Vegetable Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in food processing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Weighs, measures, mixes, dissolves and boils ingredients.
    • Add materials, such as spices and preservative to food and beverages.
    • Operates heating, chilling, freezing, pasteurising, carbonating, sulphuring and desulphuring plant.
    • Monitors product quality before packaging by inspecting, taking samples and adjusting treatment conditions when necessary.
    • Operates machines to peel, core, slice, dice, pit and juice fruit and vegetables.
    • Cleans equipment, pumps, hoses, storage tanks, vessels and floors, and maintains infestation control programmes.
    • Regulates speed of conveyors and crusher rollers.
    • Packages and bottles products.
    • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.

    All Food and Drink Factory Workers

    • $1,208 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Fruit and Vegetable Factory Workers

    • 2,500 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 54% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 48% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Fruit and Vegetable Factory Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 2,600 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Fruit and Vegetable Factory Workers work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Accommodation and Food Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (54%, 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 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%).
    • Gender: 48% 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)
    Manufacturing50.3
    Accommodation and Food Services17.1
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing14.5
    Wholesale Trade6.8
    Other Industries11.3

    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.
    StateFruit and Vegetable Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.431.6
    VIC25.525.6
    QLD23.820.0
    SA9.67.0
    WA9.210.8
    TAS9.02.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.31.9

    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 BracketFruit and Vegetable Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1914.4-5.05.0
    20-2412.2-9.39.3
    25-3420.0-22.922.9
    35-4416.8-22.022.0
    45-5419.0-21.621.6
    55-599.9-9.09.0
    60-645.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationFruit and Vegetable Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.9-21.121.1
    Year 1230.1-18.118.1
    Year 1110.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below33.6-12.512.5

    You can work as a Fruit and Vegetable Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in food processing might be helpful.

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    • You might be interested in Food Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Food and Drink Factory Workers who are reliable, hardworking and have good people skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      41% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      39% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      36% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. English language

      33% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and personal service

      28% Skill level

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

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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. Face-to-face discussions

      88% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

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

      87% Important

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

    4. Pace of work set by equipment

      85% Important

      Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

    5. Spend time standing

      85% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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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, 51-9111.00 - Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders.

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