Gunsmiths modify, service and repair rifles, revolvers and other firearms.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade is needed to work as a Gunsmith. Gunsmiths often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Assembles parts and subassemblies of firearms.
    • Dismantling firearms, repairing and replacing defective parts, and reassembling articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines.
    • Calibrating precision instruments.
    • May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.

    All Precision Metal Trades Workers

    • $1,149 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Gunsmiths

    • 200 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Gunsmiths (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 200 in 2011 to 200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Gunsmiths work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 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: 4% 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)
    Public Administration and Safety35.2
    Manufacturing25.9
    Construction13.5
    Retail Trade8.3
    Other Industries17.1

    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.
    StateGunsmithsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.331.6
    VIC17.525.6
    QLD27.820.0
    SA8.87.0
    WA10.810.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT4.11.0
    ACT3.61.9

    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 BracketGunsmithsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.6-5.05.0
    20-247.1-9.39.3
    25-3416.8-22.922.9
    35-4416.8-22.022.0
    45-5427.9-21.621.6
    55-598.6-9.09.0
    60-648.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationGunsmithsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV63.2-21.121.1
    Year 1211.1-18.118.1
    Year 113.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.1-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade is needed to work as a Gunsmith. Gunsmiths often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Registration with state or territory Police is needed to work as a Gunsmith.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • a firearm dealer's or repairer's licence

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    Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      66% Skill level

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

    2. Mathematics

      57% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Production and Processing

      51% Skill level

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

    4. Engineering and Technology

      49% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Design

      49% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      94% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      93% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      92% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      89% Important

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

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