Importers or Exporters manage the operations of importing or exporting establishments.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in commerce is needed to work as an Importer or Exporter. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Importers and Exporters.

    Tasks

    • Identifies local and overseas business opportunities.
    • Develops and implements business plans, as well as the policies and procedures for marketing, operating, human resource, pricing and credit.
    • Determines the mix of products and services to be provided and negotiates conditions of trade.
    • Liaises with local and overseas suppliers and distributors about orders and products.
    • Researches regulatory and statutory requirements affecting the importing, exporting, wholesaling and distribution of goods.
    • Monitors business performance and prepares the estimates, financial statements and reports of operations.

    More about Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

    All Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers

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

    Importers and Exporters

    • 3,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 34% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Importers and Exporters (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 4,100 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Importers and Exporters work in New South Wales and Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 34% 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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services27.7
    Manufacturing23.4
    Construction10.1
    Public Administration and Safety8.1
    Other Industries30.7

    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.
    StateImporters and ExportersAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.831.6
    VIC33.525.6
    QLD15.720.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA7.010.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT0.11.0
    ACT0.71.9

    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 BracketImporters and ExportersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-242.4-9.39.3
    25-3419.4-22.922.9
    35-4424.5-22.022.0
    45-5425.7-21.621.6
    55-599.6-9.09.0
    60-648.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationImporters and ExportersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate13.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree28.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.7-21.121.1
    Year 1223.7-18.118.1
    Year 113.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below9.1-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in commerce is needed to work as an Importer or Exporter. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Importers and Exporters.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Retail Services and Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers who are motivated, organised and can communicate clearly with a variety of different people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      71% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Clerical

      71% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    3. Administration and Management

      58% Skill level

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

    4. Law and Government

      56% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    5. English Language

      55% Skill level

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

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      100% Important

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    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      96% Important

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    4. Spend Time Sitting

      96% Important

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      96% Important

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