Printing Assistants and Table Workers perform routine printing tasks, operate bindery machines and perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

    You can work as a Printing Assistant or Table Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in printing, graphic arts, print communications or another related field might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • assisting with setting up, operating and adjusting machines
    • maintaining and lubricating printing and bindery machines
    • clearing waste and cleaning work areas and machines
    • folding, collating and fastening printed products by machine and hand
    • performing hand binding and finishing operations
    • operating specialised machines such as casing-in and mini binders, and automatic carton folding and gluing machines
    • carrying out routine quality control

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    All Printing Assistants and Table Workers

    All Printing Assistants and Table Workers

    • $963 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 2,200 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 46% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Printing Assistants and Table Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 2,200 in 2018 to 2,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Printing Assistants and Table Workers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $963 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 (64%, similar to 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 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 46% 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
    20088000
    20096400
    20106300
    20115700
    20124800
    20136100
    20143900
    20153800
    20161400
    20173500
    20182200
    20232000

    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.
    EarningsPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9631460

    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)
    Manufacturing75.3
    Information Media and Telecommunications11.3
    Administrative and Support Services2.1
    Wholesale Trade1.9
    Other Industries9.4

    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.
    StatePrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.231.6
    VIC34.625.6
    QLD17.220.0
    SA5.97.0
    WA6.710.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT0.91.9

    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 BracketPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.9-5.05.0
    20-248.5-9.39.3
    25-3415.9-22.922.9
    35-4417.7-22.022.0
    45-5427.4-21.621.6
    55-5913.7-9.09.0
    60-648.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree7.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV18.7-21.121.1
    Year 1226.7-18.118.1
    Year 118.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below30.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Printing Assistant or Table Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in printing, graphic arts, print communications or another related field might be helpful.

    Membership with Printing Industries Association of Australia may be useful.

    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 Printing & Graphic Arts VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Printing Assistants and Table Workers who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      46% Skill level

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

    2. Production and Processing

      44% Skill level

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

    3. Administration and Management

      43% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      42% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      39% Skill level

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

    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, 51-5113.00 - Print Binding and Finishing Workers.

    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. Spend Time Standing

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      94% Important

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

    3. Work With Work Group or Team

      91% Important

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

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      86% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      86% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    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, 51-5113.00 - Print Binding and Finishing Workers.

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