Sail Makers fabricate and repair sails and other articles from sailcloth.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in textile fabrication is needed to work as a Sail Maker. Sail Makers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Prepares sailcloth to design specifications, patterns and drawings.
    • Fabricates sails.

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    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Sail Makers

    • 260 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 12% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sail Makers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 400 in 2011 to 260 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Sail Makers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Manufacturing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 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 (57%).
    • Gender: 12% 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)
    Manufacturing90.5
    Construction5.0
    Other Services1.8
    Wholesale Trade1.4
    Other Industries1.3

    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.
    StateSail MakersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.331.6
    VIC13.125.6
    QLD25.020.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA14.710.8
    TAS2.82.0
    NT1.21.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketSail MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.0-5.05.0
    20-247.6-9.39.3
    25-3416.3-22.922.9
    35-4414.7-22.022.0
    45-5424.3-21.621.6
    55-5913.1-9.09.0
    60-6410.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationSail MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV57.3-21.121.1
    Year 1217.2-18.118.1
    Year 112.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.5-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in textile fabrication is needed to work as a Sail Maker. Sail Makers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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    Employers look for Canvas and Leather Goods Makers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      64% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      57% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      57% Skill level

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

    4. Design

      56% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Production and Processing

      56% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

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

    2. Frequency of Decision Making

      85% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      84% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Exposed to Contaminants

      81% Important

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

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      80% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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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, 49-9093.00 - Fabric Menders, Except Garment.

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