Auctioneers conduct sales of real estate, goods and livestock by taking offers from buyers and accepting the highest purchase price.
Appraises and lists property for auction.
Organises advertising, catalogues and other publicity for auctions.
Consults vendors and sets reserve prices.
Describes property presented and the conditions of sale.
Asks for or sets opening bids.
Accepts bids from potential buyers.
Closes sales to the highest bidders.
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, Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 83% of people employed as Auctioneers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 17 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 49 hours per week in their main job. This is 5 hours more 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 Auctioneers work in the Wholesale trade 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||Auctioneers||All Jobs Average|
Around 61% of Auctioneers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its 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 Auctioneers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 11% of the workforce. This is 37 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||Auctioneers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||11.7||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 Auctioneer. Although some workers have a certificate III or IV in real estate practice or property services.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Auctioneers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||14.8||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 Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents who are well presented, can communicate with a diverse range of people and provide good customer service.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Looking for ways to help people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
39%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
34%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Teaching people how to do something.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
18%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
60%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
55%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
51%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
45%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
43%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
33%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
28%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
27%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
26%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
23%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
19%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are far away.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
69%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
63%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
61%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
55%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
51%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
50%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
48%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
44%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
43%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
42%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
39%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
36%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
35%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
35%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
33%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
29%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
29%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
26%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
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.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
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.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
Talk to a group of people.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work to strict deadlines.
79%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
79%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
77%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
77%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
77%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
73%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
73%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Talk on the telephone.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
68%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
67%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
67%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Use electronic mail.
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