Seafood Packers weigh, wrap, seal and label seafood products.
Obtains supplies of seafood and assembles bags, package folders and cartons.
Packs containers and bags with products, and counts, weighs and measures amounts and adjusts quantities.
Wraps protective material around products, seals bags and containers, and attaches pre-printed labels.
Counts and places bags and packages onto trays and racks, and into shipping cartons.
Records information such as numbers, weight, times and dates.
Monitors the filling of containers and adjusts machines to maintain volume and seal quality.
Monitors the supply and quality of containers and contents of holding tanks.
Checks the cleanliness and operation of machines, equipment and containers.
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, Packers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 50% of people employed as Seafood Packers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 16 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 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.
Seafood Packers work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Seafood Packers||All Jobs Average|
Around 61% of Seafood Packers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Tasmania and Western Australia 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 Seafood Packers is 35 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 50% of the workforce. This is similar to 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||Seafood Packers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.1||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 Seafood Packer.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Seafood Packers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||33.9||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 Packers who are reliable, hardworking and can 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.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
30%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
29%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Reading work related information.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
27%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
25%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
21%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Using maths to solve problems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
47%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
40%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
33%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
33%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
31%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
27%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
23%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
20%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
20%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
13%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
12%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
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.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
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.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
34%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
77%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
71%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
69%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
65%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
58%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
55%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
54%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
53%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
53%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
52%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
52%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
52%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
51%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
51%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
51%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
50%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
48%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
43%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
42%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.
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 forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
98%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
83%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
82%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
81%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
78%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
78%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
76%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
71%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
71%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
70%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
67%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
66%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
64%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
64%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
64%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
62%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
61%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
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