Mushroom Pickers harvest mushrooms and prepare produce for distribution.

    You can work as a Mushroom Picker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in production horticulture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Plants mushroom spawn or spores using hand tools and farm machines.
    • Operates hand tools or farm machines to cultivate, fertilise, spray and harvest mushrooms.
    • Conducts appropriate duties to control weed growth, insects, diseases and undesirable fungus growth.
    • Irrigates land for crop growth.
    • Selects and picks mushrooms according to size and ripeness, while discarding rotting and over-ripened produce.
    • Grades, sorts, bunches and packs produce into containers.
    • Loads the filled containers onto trucks.

    All Crop Farm Workers

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

    Mushroom Pickers

    • 1,400 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 47% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 79% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Mushroom Pickers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,300 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Mushroom Pickers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and South Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (47%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 79% 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)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing94.9
    Administrative and Support Services2.8
    Wholesale Trade1.2
    Manufacturing0.8
    Other Industries0.3

    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.
    StateMushroom PickersAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.831.6
    VIC31.525.6
    QLD18.020.0
    SA13.77.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    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 BracketMushroom PickersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.6-5.05.0
    20-248.4-9.39.3
    25-3425.0-22.922.9
    35-4427.7-22.022.0
    45-5422.0-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-645.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.2-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMushroom PickersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.2-21.121.1
    Year 1230.3-18.118.1
    Year 112.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below35.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Mushroom Picker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in production horticulture might be helpful.

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    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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    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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