Shoemakers make and repair boots or shoes.

Specialisations: Medical Grade Shoemaker, Shoe Repairer.

You can work as a Shoemaker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Shoemakers often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Cuts and prepares canvas, leather to design specifications, patterns and drawings.
  • Joins parts of leather articles using rivets, hand sewing, sewing machines, tools and adhesive.
  • Restores and repairs leather articles.
  • Designs patterns and prototypes of boots and shoes.
  • Makes and grades patterns using manual and computerised methods.
  • Clicks synthetics, corrected grains, leather linings and leather outers by hand and machine.
  • Alters and repairs footwear.

All Canvas and Leather Goods Makers

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  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Shoemakers

  • 930 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Shoemakers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,100 in 2011 to 930 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Shoemakers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (64%).
  • Gender: 13% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Other Services62.9
Manufacturing20.4
Retail Trade9.1
Health Care and Social Assistance1.9
Other Industries5.7

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.
StateShoemakersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.831.6
VIC25.525.6
QLD13.620.0
SA14.37.0
WA8.910.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.71.9

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 BracketShoemakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.05.0
20-245.6-9.39.3
25-3414.5-22.922.9
35-4414.6-22.022.0
45-5430.9-21.621.6
55-5912.4-9.09.0
60-648.2-6.06.0
65 and Over12.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationShoemakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV31.1-21.121.1
Year 1221.7-18.118.1
Year 118.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below27.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Shoemaker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Shoemakers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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.
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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. Customer and Personal Service

    39% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    37% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    36% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Education and Training

    30% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

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

    93% Important

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

  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    90% Important

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

  3. Contact With Others

    89% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    88% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    87% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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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, 51-6041.00 - Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers.

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