Dairy Products Makers operate machines and perform routine tasks to make and package milk, milk powder, yoghurt, butter, cheese and other dairy products.

Specialisations: Butter Maker, Cheese Factory Worker, Cheese Maker, Milk Processing Worker, Milk Treater, Pasteuriser Operator, Yoghurt Maker.

You can work as a Dairy Products Maker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in food processing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Weighs, measures, mixes, and processes ingredients.
  • Operates heating, chilling, freezing and pasteurising plant.
  • Monitors product quality before packaging by inspecting, taking samples and adjusting treatment conditions when necessary.
  • Cleans equipment, pumps, hoses, storage tanks, vessels and floors, and maintains infestation control programmes.
  • Regulates speed of conveyors and associated equipment.
  • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.
  • Packages and bottles products.

All Food and Drink Factory Workers

  • $1,208 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Dairy Products Makers

  • 4,000 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Dairy Products Makers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 3,800 in 2011 to 4,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Dairy Products Makers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • 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 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing82.4
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing12.3
Wholesale Trade1.5
Administrative and Support Services1.4
Other Industries2.4

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.
StateDairy Products MakersAll Jobs Average
NSW18.231.6
VIC53.825.6
QLD9.120.0
SA5.27.0
WA4.210.8
TAS9.12.0
NT0.31.0
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 BracketDairy Products MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.5-5.05.0
20-249.0-9.39.3
25-3421.8-22.922.9
35-4423.9-22.022.0
45-5425.2-21.621.6
55-5910.0-9.09.0
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationDairy Products MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV25.9-21.121.1
Year 1224.3-18.118.1
Year 1110.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Dairy Products Maker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in food processing might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence

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 Food Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Food and Drink Factory Workers who are reliable, hardworking and have good people skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food Production

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    51% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Chemistry

    43% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    89% Important

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

  2. Spend Time Standing

    86% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  3. Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment

    85% Important

    How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    84% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    83% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3092.00 - Food Batchmakers.

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