Farriers inspect, trim and shape horses' hooves, and form, fit and nail horseshoes.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in farriery is needed to work as a Farrier.

    Tasks

    • Selects metal stock for job requirements.
    • Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
    • Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
    • Prepares horses' hooves for shoeing, nailing horseshoes to hooves, and trimming hooves.

    All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

    • $2,020 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Farriers

    • 1,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 7% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Farriers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 920 in 2011 to 1,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Farriers work in many regions of Australia.
    • 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 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 7% 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 Fishing90.2
    Arts and Recreation Services4.7
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.5
    Education and Training1.4
    Other Industries1.2

    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.
    StateFarriersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.631.6
    VIC26.125.6
    QLD20.920.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA10.610.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.31.9

    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 BracketFarriersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.3-5.05.0
    20-249.1-9.39.3
    25-3420.9-22.922.9
    35-4421.2-22.022.0
    45-5423.9-21.621.6
    55-597.5-9.09.0
    60-648.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationFarriersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV57.2-21.121.1
    Year 126.9-18.118.1
    Year 113.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below20.6-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in farriery is needed to work as a Farrier.

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      52% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      38% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      35% Skill level

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

    4. Education and Training

      34% Skill level

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

    5. Biology

      33% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

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    2. Telephone

      89% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Contact With Others

      88% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      86% Important

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    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      85% Important

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