Container Fillers fill and seal containers with products, such as food, beverages, paints, oils and lotions, and package the filled containers.

Specialisations: Bottling Attendant, Cannery Worker, Labelling Machine Operator.

You can work as a Container Filler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Tasks

  • Obtains supplies of products and fills packages.
  • Packs containers and bags with products, and counts, weighs and measures amounts and adjusts quantities.
  • Wraps protective material around products, seals bags and containers, and attaches pre-printed labels.
  • Counts and places bags and packages onto trays and racks, and into shipping cartons.
  • Records information such as numbers, weight, times and dates.
  • Monitors the filling of containers and adjusts machines to maintain volume and seal quality.
  • Checks the cleanliness and operation of machines, equipment and containers.

All Packers

  • $908 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Container Fillers

  • 2,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 41% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Container Fillers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Container Fillers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Administrative and Support Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 41% 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)
Manufacturing63.6
Administrative and Support Services16.1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.7
Wholesale Trade4.1
Other Industries11.5

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.
StateContainer FillersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.531.6
VIC28.125.6
QLD11.120.0
SA26.37.0
WA6.310.8
TAS3.02.0
NT0.21.0
ACT0.51.9

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 BracketContainer FillersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.0-5.05.0
20-2413.1-9.39.3
25-3421.2-22.922.9
35-4416.8-22.022.0
45-5425.0-21.621.6
55-599.8-9.09.0
60-646.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

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 QualificationContainer FillersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV18.5-21.121.1
Year 1228.5-18.118.1
Year 1111.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below27.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Container Filler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Thinking about study or training?

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

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Employers look for Packers who are reliable, hardworking and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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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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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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.

Occupational Information Network
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, 51-9111.00 - Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders.

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