Wool Buyers value and buy wool sold by wool growers.
Monitors sales data and stock levels, and studies trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions.
Negotiates purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers.
Designs and implements pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies.
Liaises with management on long-term planning and sales promotions.
Inspects, compares, selects and values wool by determining colour, yield, micron and length.
Inspects and buys wool at auction, in wool brokers' stores and in farm sheds.
Receives samples from scoured wool exchanges.
May visit freezing works to buy slipe wool.
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, Retail and Wool Buyers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 80% of people employed as Wool Buyers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 14 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 46 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.
Most Wool Buyers 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||Wool Buyers||All Jobs Average|
Around 68% of Wool Buyers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Victoria, Western Australia and South 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 Wool Buyers 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 4% of the workforce. This is 44 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||Wool Buyers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||18.6||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
Relevant experience working with wool is usually needed to work as a Wool Buyer. Some workers have a certificate IV in wool classing.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Wool Buyers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||16.2||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 Retail and Wool Buyers who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
48%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
45%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Using maths to solve problems.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
41%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Looking for ways to help people.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
68%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
67%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
65%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
59%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
58%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
57%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
54%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
54%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
38%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.
33%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
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.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
46%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
See details that are far away.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Do two or more things at the same time.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
68%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
68%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
67%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
67%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
66%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
65%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
62%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
62%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
60%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
60%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
59%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
58%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
56%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
53%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
47%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
45%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
43%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
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.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
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.
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.
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.
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 on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
96%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
93%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
92%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
89%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
86%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
84%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
83%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
83%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
77%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Work to strict deadlines.
74%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
66%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
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