Product Graders grade primary produce by evaluating individual items or batches against established standards, and record these results.
Specialisations: Fruit and Vegetable Classer, Meat Grader, Milk and Cream Grader, Timber Grader.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Product Grader.
Studies product specifications and takes measurement to determine conformity to specifications.
Examines products for defects and grades produce.
Designates grading of produce and records details of assessment according to classification system.
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, Product Quality Controllers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 60% of people employed as Product Graders work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to 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.
Product Graders work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Product Graders||All Jobs Average|
Around 70% of Product Graders live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
South Australia and Tasmania have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
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 Product Graders is 41 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 67% of the workforce. This is 19 percentage points above 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||Product Graders||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.8||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 usually required to work as a Product Grader.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Product Graders||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||32.3||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 Product Quality Controllers who pay attention to detail, can communicate clearly and work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
37%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
23%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
21%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Reading work related information.
Looking for ways to help people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
7%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
5%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
37%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
30%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
19%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
19%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
18%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
13%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
10%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
8%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
6%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
5%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
5%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Communicate by speaking.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Read and understand written information.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
23%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
70%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
41%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
40%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
40%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
39%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
36%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
34%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
33%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
32%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
30%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
30%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
29%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
27%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
26%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
25%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
24%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
22%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
22%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
21%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or 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.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
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.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
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.
83%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
81%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
79%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Work with people in a group or team.
73%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
72%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
72%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
69%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
68%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
65%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
64%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
64%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
62%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
60%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
52%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
52%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
50%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
48%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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