Meat Packers weigh, wrap, seal and label meat and meat products.

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

    Tasks

    • Obtains supplies of products and assembles bags, package folders and cartons.
    • 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.
    • Monitors the supply and quality of containers and contents of holding tanks.
    • Checks the cleanliness and operation of machines, equipment and containers.

    All Packers

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

    Meat Packers

    • 9,400 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 64% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Meat Packers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 9,600 in 2011 to 9,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Meat Packers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 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: 64% 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)
    Manufacturing69.9
    Retail Trade15.5
    Wholesale Trade7.5
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.5
    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.
    StateMeat PackersAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.431.6
    VIC23.625.6
    QLD26.120.0
    SA10.77.0
    WA11.810.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT0.21.9

    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 BracketMeat PackersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.1-5.05.0
    20-2414.5-9.39.3
    25-3427.1-22.922.9
    35-4419.9-22.022.0
    45-5420.7-21.621.6
    55-597.5-9.09.0
    60-643.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMeat PackersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree7.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.5-21.121.1
    Year 1232.4-18.118.1
    Year 118.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below34.0-12.512.5

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

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

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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.

    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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