Poultry Farm Workers perform routine tasks on poultry farms, such as collecting eggs and placing them in incubators, providing poultry with feed and water, and disinfecting hatcheries to prevent disease.

    You can work as a Poultry Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in animal science/poultry production might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Patrols, inspects and reports on the condition of chickens.
    • Provides chickens with feed and water.
    • Assists with and maintains the health and welfare of chickens.
    • Collects eggs and place in incubators.

    All Livestock Farm Workers

    • $1,040 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Poultry Farm Workers

    • 3,200 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 38% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Poultry Farm Workers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 2,900 in 2011 to 3,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Poultry Farm Workers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and South Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 38% 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)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing63.8
    Manufacturing30.8
    Administrative and Support Services1.5
    Wholesale Trade1.2
    Other Industries2.7

    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.
    StatePoultry Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW38.331.6
    VIC23.425.6
    QLD17.220.0
    SA13.37.0
    WA6.110.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.01.0
    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 BracketPoultry Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-197.1-5.05.0
    20-2415.2-9.39.3
    25-3423.9-22.922.9
    35-4418.7-22.022.0
    45-5420.4-21.621.6
    55-597.1-9.09.0
    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 QualificationPoultry Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.5-21.121.1
    Year 1224.1-18.118.1
    Year 119.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below39.2-12.512.5

    You can work as a Poultry Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in animal science/poultry production 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 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Livestock Farm Workers who are trustworthy, responsible and have an enthusiastic attitude.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Administration and Management

      46% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      45% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      40% Skill level

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

    4. Production and Processing

      40% Skill level

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

    5. Biology

      38% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    Demands

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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

    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      90% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      87% Important

      How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      86% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      83% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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