Manufacturers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the operations of small manufacturing establishments.

    Extensive manufacturing experience is needed to work as a Manufacturer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Manufacturers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • identifying business opportunities, devising new manufacturing processes and determining products to be manufactured
    • developing business plans and implementing operational, marketing, human resource and pricing procedures
    • researching and implementing regulatory and statutory requirements affecting manufacturing operations and the environment
    • directing the activities of production, warehouse, distribution and other operating units
    • maintaining quality control systems for manufacturing, waste disposal, delivery and other procedures
    • coordinating orders for raw materials, supplies and equipment, and arranging packaging, delivery and wholesaling of products
    • overseeing the coordination of after-sales service
    • overseeing the provision of quotes for the manufacture of specialised goods and arranging contracts with customers
    • may devise and oversee the implementation of production run schedules

    All Manufacturers

    • $1,982 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 22,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 24% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Manufacturers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 22,000 in 2018 to 23,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Manufacturers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,982 per week (higher 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 (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (59%).
    • Gender: 24% 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
    200827500
    200918500
    201021100
    201124800
    201221400
    201319300
    201418200
    201520100
    201622200
    201728600
    201822000
    202323600

    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.
    EarningsManufacturersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings19821460

    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)
    Manufacturing83.9
    Construction3.8
    Retail Trade3.3
    Wholesale Trade2.7
    Other Industries6.3

    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.
    StateManufacturersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.231.6
    VIC31.225.6
    QLD20.420.0
    SA8.07.0
    WA9.110.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT0.51.9

    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 BracketManufacturersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.3-5.05.0
    20-244.1-9.39.3
    25-3413.0-22.922.9
    35-4422.3-22.022.0
    45-5426.8-21.621.6
    55-5912.7-9.09.0
    60-649.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.2-4.24.2

    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 QualificationManufacturersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV30.7-21.121.1
    Year 1219.7-18.118.1
    Year 116.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below18.0-12.512.5

    Extensive manufacturing experience is needed to work as a Manufacturer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Manufacturers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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    Employers look for Manufacturers who are motivated, organised and can communicate clearly with a variety of different people and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      80% Skill level

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

    2. Administration and management

      76% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and personal service

      69% Skill level

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

    4. Education and training

      66% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Personnel and human resources

      66% Skill level

      Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

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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, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

    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. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Responsible for outcomes

      96% Important

      Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

    5. Teamwork

      93% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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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, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

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