Fruit or Nut Farm Workers perform routine tasks on fruit or nut farms, such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting, irrigating and pruning crops. They may spray chemicals on crops to treat disease and pests.

Specialisations: Orchard Worker.

You can work as a Fruit or Nut Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in production horticulture might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Undertakes planting using hand tools and farm machines.
  • Builds trellises for climbing plants and vines.
  • Operates machines to cultivate, fertilise, spray and harvest fruit and nuts.
  • Sprays trees, vines and other plants with chemicals to control weeds, insects, fungus growth and diseases.
  • Thins, weeds and hoes row crops, and prunes trees and vines.
  • Irrigates land for crop growth.
  • Selects and picks fruit and nuts according to size and ripeness, and discards rotting and over-ripened produce.
  • Grades, sorts and packs produce into containers.
  • Loads filled fruit and nut containers onto trucks.

All Crop Farm Workers

  • $948 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Fruit and Nut Farm Workers

  • 4,700 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fruit and Nut Farm Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 4,000 in 2011 to 4,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Fruit and Nut Farm Workers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, 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 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 25% 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)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing92.0
Retail Trade2.1
Administrative and Support Services1.9
Manufacturing1.7
Other Industries2.3

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 Nut Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW17.531.6
VIC15.825.6
QLD46.120.0
SA8.17.0
WA5.610.8
TAS6.52.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.01.9

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 Nut Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.9-5.05.0
20-2414.0-9.39.3
25-3425.0-22.922.9
35-4416.8-22.022.0
45-5418.5-21.621.6
55-598.1-9.09.0
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over5.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationFruit and Nut Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV15.6-21.121.1
Year 1226.5-18.118.1
Year 118.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below35.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Fruit or Nut Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in production horticulture 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 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Crop Farm Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food production

    39% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  2. Education and training

    36% Skill level

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

  3. Production and processing

    34% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    31% Skill level

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

  5. Mechanical

    26% Skill level

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

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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, 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop.

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. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    92% Important

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

  3. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Pace of work set by equipment

    85% Important

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

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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, 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop.

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