Other Food and Drink Factory Workers includes jobs like Coffee Roaster, Egg Factory Worker, Ice-cream Maker, Margarine Maker, and Pasta Maker.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    Tasks

    • Weighs, measures, mixes, dissolves and boils ingredients.
    • Adds materials, such as spices and preservatives.
    • Operates processing 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 machinery.
    • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.
    • Packages products.

    All Food and Drink Factory Workers

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

    Other Food and Drink Factory Workers

    • 8,300 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 29% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Food and Drink Factory Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 8,600 in 2011 to 8,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Other Food and Drink Factory Workers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Accommodation and Food Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 29% 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)
    Manufacturing75.8
    Wholesale Trade6.8
    Accommodation and Food Services6.3
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.7
    Other Industries8.4

    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.
    StateOther Food and Drink Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.531.6
    VIC36.825.6
    QLD18.120.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA5.310.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.11.0
    ACT0.11.9

    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 BracketOther Food and Drink Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.9-5.05.0
    20-248.4-9.39.3
    25-3423.0-22.922.9
    35-4423.2-22.022.0
    45-5425.3-21.621.6
    55-599.3-9.09.0
    60-645.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther Food and Drink Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree9.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV18.5-21.121.1
    Year 1228.1-18.118.1
    Year 118.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below26.0-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

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    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.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      46% Skill level

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

    2. Food Production

      46% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      39% Skill level

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

    4. Public Safety and Security

      29% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    5. Administration and Management

      29% Skill level

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

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3091.00 - Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

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

    1. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      99% Important

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

    2. Indoors, Not Heat Controlled

      98% Important

      How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?

    3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      97% Important

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

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

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

    5. Spend Time Standing

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

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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, 51-3091.00 - Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders.

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