Printers' Assistants perform routine tasks in the production of printed materials.

    You can work as a Printer's Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in printing, graphic arts, print communications or another related field might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Assisting with setting up, operating and adjusting machines.
    • Maintaining and lubricating printing machines.
    • Clearing waste and cleaning work areas and machines.
    • Folding, collating and fastening printed products by machine and hand.
    • Performing hand binding and finishing operations.
    • Operating specialised machines such as casing-in and mini binders, and automatic carton folding and gluing machines.
    • Carrying out routine quality control.

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    All Printing Assistants and Table Workers

    • $963 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Printer's Assistants

    • 2,100 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 39% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Printer's Assistants (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 3,000 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Printer's Assistants work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, 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 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 39% 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)
    Manufacturing71.4
    Information Media and Telecommunications12.0
    Wholesale Trade2.7
    Administrative and Support Services2.5
    Other Industries11.4

    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.
    StatePrinter's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.331.6
    VIC34.025.6
    QLD16.520.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.91.9

    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 BracketPrinter's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.2-5.05.0
    20-249.9-9.39.3
    25-3417.9-22.922.9
    35-4418.4-22.022.0
    45-5426.5-21.621.6
    55-5912.4-9.09.0
    60-647.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPrinter's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.3-21.121.1
    Year 1227.0-18.118.1
    Year 117.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below28.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Printer's Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in printing, graphic arts, print communications or another related field might be helpful.

    Membership with Printing Industries Association of Australia may be useful.

    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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Printing Assistants and Table Workers who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      49% Skill level

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

    2. Production and processing

      43% Skill level

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

    3. English language

      41% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and personal service

      34% Skill level

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

    5. Chemistry

      33% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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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, 51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators.

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    Demands

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

    1. Exposure to contaminants

      97% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      96% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      94% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      90% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Spend time standing

      90% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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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, 51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators.

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