Print Finishers and Screen Printers bind books and other publications, finish printed products by hand and machine, prepare stencils, and set up and operate power-driven and hand-operated screen print equipment.

    Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in print manufacturing or printing and graphic arts is needed to work as a Binder, Finisher or Screen Printer.

    Tasks

    • setting up and supervising the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment
    • binding full, half and limp-bound books, and repairing bindings
    • folding, collating and sewing signatures by machine and hand
    • operating paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programming electronically operated units
    • operating systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
    • embellishing printed products automatically and manually
    • operating photographic and electronic reproduction devices
    • preparing stencils using computer and hand-cut methods
    • selecting, mixing and matching coloured inks and loading into screen printing presses
    • loading printed items into drying racks, and unloading and stacking dry items

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    All Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers

    • $1,020 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 3,600 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 26% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 3,600 in 2018 to 3,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,020 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 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
    • Gender: 26% 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
    20084600
    20094500
    20104300
    20113600
    20124300
    20134000
    20143700
    20153900
    20162900
    20175600
    20183600
    20233100

    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.
    EarningsBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10201460

    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)
    Manufacturing83.8
    Information Media and Telecommunications3.6
    Wholesale Trade2.9
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.0
    Other Industries7.7

    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.
    StateBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.231.6
    VIC32.825.6
    QLD20.320.0
    SA7.77.0
    WA8.310.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.61.9

    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 BracketBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.6-5.05.0
    20-245.8-9.39.3
    25-3415.2-22.922.9
    35-4421.8-22.022.0
    45-5430.1-21.621.6
    55-5912.9-9.09.0
    60-648.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV42.9-21.121.1
    Year 1218.4-18.118.1
    Year 116.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below19.3-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in print manufacturing or printing and graphic arts is needed to work as a Binder, Finisher or Screen Printer.

    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.

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    Employers look for Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

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    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.

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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, 51-5113.00 - 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

      Spend time standing at work.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Teamwork

      91% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      86% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      86% Important

      Spend time 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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