Beekeepers plan, organise, control, coordinate and operate apiaries to produce honey, queen bee pollen, beeswax and royal jelly, breed queen bees and pollinate crops.

    You can work as a Beekeeper without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Breeds and raises bees for the production of honey and related products and for pollination stock.
    • Monitors and maintains the health and condition of bees.
    • Maintains appropriate nutritional levels.
    • Organises and conducts operations.
    • Directs and oversees general activities such as maintaining hives and controlling pests.
    • Maintains equipment.
    • Organises the sale, purchase and transportation of stock and produce.
    • Maintains and evaluates records of activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly.
    • Manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.
    • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

    All Livestock Farmers

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Beekeepers

    • 1,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 51 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 20% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Beekeepers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,000 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Beekeepers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (69%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 51 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (65%).
    • Gender: 20% 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 Fishing89.4
    Manufacturing5.0
    Wholesale Trade1.5
    Health Care and Social Assistance0.8
    Other Industries3.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateBeekeepersAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.731.6
    VIC17.525.6
    QLD19.120.0
    SA12.27.0
    WA9.310.8
    TAS4.72.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketBeekeepersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.0-5.05.0
    20-244.7-9.39.3
    25-3412.5-22.922.9
    35-4415.3-22.022.0
    45-5422.3-21.621.6
    55-5911.6-9.09.0
    60-6410.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over19.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationBeekeepersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV25.4-21.121.1
    Year 1215.8-18.118.1
    Year 116.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below31.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Beekeeper without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with may be useful.

    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.

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    1. Food Production

      70% Skill level

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

    2. Administration and Management

      70% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Production and Processing

      69% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Economics and Accounting

      65% Skill level

      Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

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    1. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      99% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      98% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      96% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    5. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      94% Important

      How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

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