Musical Instrument Makers or Repairers build, repair and restore musical instruments, and modify and tune them to owners' specifications.

Specialisations: Piano Tuner.

You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in musical instrument making and maintenance to work as a Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer.

Tasks

  • Designs and makes musical instruments and instrument parts using specially selected materials and techniques similar to those used in cabinetmaking, metal pipe making, silver smithing and wood carving.
  • Tunes and repairs musical instruments.

All Performing Arts Technicians

  • $1,327 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Musical Instrument Makers and Repairers

  • 780 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Musical Instrument Makers and Repairers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 810 in 2011 to 780 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Musical Instrument Makers and Repairers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (63%).
  • Gender: 9% 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)
Other Services55.7
Manufacturing24.0
Retail Trade9.1
Arts and Recreation Services5.6
Other Industries5.6

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.
StateMusical Instrument Makers and RepairersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.831.6
VIC31.225.6
QLD17.220.0
SA6.87.0
WA8.310.8
TAS2.22.0
NT0.41.0
ACT2.21.9

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 BracketMusical Instrument Makers and RepairersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-244.7-9.39.3
25-3413.8-22.922.9
35-4417.6-22.022.0
45-5420.3-21.621.6
55-5912.7-9.09.0
60-6413.3-6.06.0
65 and Over16.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationMusical Instrument Makers and RepairersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree13.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV39.2-21.121.1
Year 1216.2-18.118.1
Year 113.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.4-12.512.5

You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in musical instrument making and maintenance to work as a Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer.

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Employers look for Performing Arts Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Skill level

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

  3. Fine Arts

    54% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  4. English Language

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    51% Skill level

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

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  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    99% Important

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  2. Telephone

    98% Important

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  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    95% Important

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  4. Electronic Mail

    94% Important

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  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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