Apparel Cutters lay out, mark and cut fabric to form parts of garments.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Clothing Trades Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 63% of people employed as Apparel Cutters work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Apparel Cutters work in the Manufacturing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Apparel Cutters||All Jobs Average|
Around 81% of Apparel Cutters live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Apparel Cutters is 53 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 35% of the workforce. This is 13 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Apparel Cutters||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||13.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Apparel Cutter. Although some workers have a certificate III or IV in garment making.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Apparel Cutters||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||37.3||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Clothing Trades Workers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
45%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Using maths to solve problems.
Talking to others.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Looking for ways to help people.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
52%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
50%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
43%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
43%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
22%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
21%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
18%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
15%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
14%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Communicate by speaking.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
45%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
43%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
63%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
62%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
61%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
58%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
50%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
47%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
47%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
47%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
46%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
46%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
45%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
44%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
43%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
41%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
39%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk with people face-to-face.
94%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
85%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
85%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
Talk on the telephone.
79%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
76%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
76%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Use electronic mail.
73%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
70%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
69%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
66%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
65%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
63%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
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