Apparel Cutters lay out, mark and cut fabric to form parts of garments.

    You can work as an Apparel Cutter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Confers with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments.
    • Interprets designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications.
    • Cuts out master patterns.
    • Lays up and cuts fabric.

    All Clothing Trades Workers

    • $1,132 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Apparel Cutters

    • 430 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 53 years Average age
    • 35% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Apparel Cutters (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 620 in 2011 to 430 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Apparel Cutters work in New South Wales and Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, 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 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (76%).
    • Gender: 35% 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)
    Manufacturing77.6
    Wholesale Trade6.1
    Retail Trade6.1
    Information Media and Telecommunications2.4
    Other Industries7.8

    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.
    StateApparel CuttersAll Jobs Average
    NSW39.931.6
    VIC31.325.6
    QLD16.320.0
    SA5.37.0
    WA6.010.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.01.0
    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 BracketApparel CuttersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.9-9.39.3
    25-348.7-22.922.9
    35-4412.0-22.022.0
    45-5429.6-21.621.6
    55-5918.8-9.09.0
    60-6414.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over13.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationApparel CuttersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.3-21.121.1
    Year 1221.7-18.118.1
    Year 116.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below37.3-12.512.5

    You can work as an Apparel Cutter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    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 Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Clothing Trades Workers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Technical design

      63% Skill level

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

    2. English language

      57% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      57% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Production and processing

      52% Skill level

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

    5. Education and training

      50% Skill level

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

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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, 51-6092.00 - Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers.

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Being exact or accurate

      94% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    3. Teamwork

      91% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    4. Contact with people

      90% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      85% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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    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, 51-6092.00 - Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers.

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