Product Graders grade primary produce by evaluating individual items or batches against established standards, and record these results.

Specialisations: Fruit and Vegetable Classer, Meat Grader, Milk and Cream Grader, Timber Grader.

You can work as a Product Grader without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Tasks

  • Studies product specifications and takes measurement to determine conformity to specifications.
  • Examines products for defects and grades produce.
  • Designates grading of produce and records details of assessment according to classification system.

More about Product Quality Controllers

All Product Quality Controllers

  • $1,314 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Product Graders

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 67% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Product Graders (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Product Graders work in many parts of Australia. South Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 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: 67% 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)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing43.0
Manufacturing25.1
Wholesale Trade9.4
Administrative and Support Services8.2
Other Industries14.3

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.
StateProduct GradersAll Jobs Average
NSW20.231.6
VIC19.325.6
QLD21.220.0
SA22.07.0
WA9.510.8
TAS6.92.0
NT0.51.0
ACT0.51.9

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 BracketProduct GradersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.5-5.05.0
20-2412.0-9.39.3
25-3422.9-22.922.9
35-4416.2-22.022.0
45-5421.8-21.621.6
55-5910.0-9.09.0
60-647.8-6.06.0
65 and Over4.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationProduct GradersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV16.5-21.121.1
Year 1224.6-18.118.1
Year 119.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below32.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Product Grader without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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Employers look for Product Quality Controllers who pay attention to detail, can communicate clearly and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public Safety and Security

    37% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    30% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    29% Skill level

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

  4. Food Production

    21% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and Management

    19% 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, 45-2041.00 - Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

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

  2. Physical Proximity

    83% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    81% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    79% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    77% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

Occupational Information Network
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, 45-2041.00 - Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products.

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