Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing plastic and rubber products.

    You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in polymer processing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • dumping material into hoppers of machines
    • stopping moulding machines and discharging contents
    • cutting foam products from foam blocks
    • cleaning, smoothing and waxing moulds for making products
    • brushing and spraying release agents onto moulds to assist with the removal of moulded products
    • building up layers of fibreglass and resin on moulds
    • cleaning work areas, tools and equipment
    • may smooth rough edges of moulds using files, grinders and sanders

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    All Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

    • $1,027 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,300 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 25% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 4,300 in 2018 to 3,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Construction.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,027 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20084200
    20092200
    20105200
    20112100
    20124800
    20133500
    20143000
    20155300
    20161800
    20171700
    20184300
    20233700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsPlastics and Rubber Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10271460

    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)
    Manufacturing83.3
    Wholesale Trade3.7
    Construction2.7
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.9
    Other Industries8.4

    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.
    StatePlastics and Rubber Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.131.6
    VIC38.925.6
    QLD18.520.0
    SA10.17.0
    WA6.110.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.21.9

    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 BracketPlastics and Rubber Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.0-5.05.0
    20-248.3-9.39.3
    25-3417.0-22.922.9
    35-4420.5-22.022.0
    45-5426.8-21.621.6
    55-5913.7-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPlastics and Rubber Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.5-21.121.1
    Year 1226.0-18.118.1
    Year 1110.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below37.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in polymer processing might be helpful.

    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 Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking 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 Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

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    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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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4081.00 - Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

    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. 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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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4081.00 - Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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