Other Technicians and Trades Workers includes a wide variety of occupations such as Divers, Interior Decorators, Optical Dispensers, Optical Mechanics, Photographer's Assistants, Plastics Technicians, Wool Classers and Fire Protection Equipment Technicians.

    You can work as an Other Technician or Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • swims underwater to undertake tasks such as seafood gathering, research, salvage and construction
    • plans the interior design of commercial or residential premises and arranges for decorating work to be done
    • interprets optical prescriptions, and fits and services optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses
    • operates machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses to meet prescription requirements, and fits lenses to spectacle frames
    • assists photographers in taking and developing photographs
    • sets up, adjusts, repairs and troubleshoots machines which manufacture plastics products
    • classifies wool to industry standards or market requirements

    All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 17,900 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 39% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Technicians and Trades Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 17,900 in 2018 to 21,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Technicians and Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,146 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 39% 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
    200811900
    200917100
    201013900
    201112800
    201217200
    201314800
    201415100
    201519700
    201616500
    201716000
    201817900
    202321100

    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.
    EarningsOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11461460

    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)
    Health Care and Social Assistance30.7
    Construction12.4
    Public Administration and Safety10.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.5
    Other Industries37.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.631.6
    VIC24.525.6
    QLD19.220.0
    SA8.17.0
    WA11.110.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.1-5.05.0
    20-2410.4-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4423.0-22.022.0
    45-5422.0-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-645.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV34.9-21.121.1
    Year 1219.5-18.118.1
    Year 114.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below10.4-12.512.5

    You can work as an Other Technician or Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is 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.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Health Industry, Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking and Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Other Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      79% Skill level

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

    2. Sales and Marketing

      64% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    3. Mathematics

      61% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Clerical

      58% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Administration and Management

      56% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    Occupational Information Network
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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, 29-2081.00 - Opticians, Dispensing.

    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. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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

    3. Contact With Others

      96% Important

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

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      95% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      95% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    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, 29-2081.00 - Opticians, Dispensing.

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