Bicycle Mechanics

ANZSCO ID 899911

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
1,100
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
58%
Female Share
3%
Average age
31

Summary

Bicycle Mechanics repair and adjust bicycles, and assemble bicycle kits.

Also known as: Bicycle Repairer.

Specialisations: Bicycle Technician.

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Bicycle Mechanic. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in bicycle mechanical technology or bicycle workshop operations.

Tasks

  • Assembles new bicycles that are delivered to the bicycle shop.

  • Checks bicycles before they go on sale.

  • Services and repairs bicycles brought in by customers.

  • Advises customers about bicycle repair options, parts and accessories.

  • May be responsible for updating and maintaining stock such as bicycle parts and accessories.

  • May be involved in sales work and general shop duties such as answering the phone, serving customers and opening the shop.

  • Experienced bicycle mechanics may work for regional or national cycling teams on tour.


Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC 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, Other Miscellaneous Labourers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 58% of people employed as Bicycle Mechanics work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 8 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 42 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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Retail Trade
65.7%
2
Other Services
19.9%
3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
1.5%
4
Arts and Recreation Services
1.3%
5
Other industries
5.5%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

24.3% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

28.7% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

22.4% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.5% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.5% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

3.8% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Bicycle Mechanics All Jobs Average
NSW 24.3 31.6
VIC 28.7 25.6
QLD 22.4 20.0
SA 6.9 7.0
WA 10.5 10.8
TAS 2.5 2.0
NT 1.0 1.0
ACT 3.8 1.9


  • Around 66% of Bicycle Mechanics live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    The region with the largest share of workers is Melbourne - Inner.

    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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
31
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
3%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Bicycle Mechanics is 31 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 3% of the workforce. This is 45 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Bicycle Mechanics All Jobs Average
15-19 11.2 5.0
20-24 19.2 9.3
25-34 27.6 22.9
35-44 19.5 22.0
45-54 14.3 21.6
55-59 3.4 9.0
60-64 2.6 6.0
65 and Over 2.1 4.2
Median Age 31 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Bicycle Mechanic. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in bicycle mechanical technology or bicycle workshop operations.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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.
Type of Qualification Bicycle Mechanics All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 1.3 10.1
Bachelor degree 10.1 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 7.2 11.6
Certificate III/IV 31.2 21.1
Year 12 29.3 18.1
Year 11 7.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 13.9 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 Labourers who are reliable, have a good work ethic and can work well in a team.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 45%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 45%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 45%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 43%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 43%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 43%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 43%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 43%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 43%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 41%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 41%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 39%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 39%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 37%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 37%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 37%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 36%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 36%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 36%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 82%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 62%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 54%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 54%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 52%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 51%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 51%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 51%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 50%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 49%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 45%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 44%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 39%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 38%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 37%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 29%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 28%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 20%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 15%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 12%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 54%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 54%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 52%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 50%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 48%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 45%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 45%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 45%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 45%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 43%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 43%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 43%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 41%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 41%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 41%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 39%

    Extent flexibility

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • 37%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 32%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 81%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 71%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 66%

    Working with mechanical equipment

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  • 61%

    Influencing people

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  • 61%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 61%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 60%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 58%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 57%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 57%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 56%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 54%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 52%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 50%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 45%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 45%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 44%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • 42%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 36%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 34%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 62%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 52%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 38%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 29%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 67%

    Independence

    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.

  • 52%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 48%

    Support

    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.

  • 43%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 38%

    Relationships

    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.

  • 33%

    Recognition

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 100%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 99%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 99%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 96%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 96%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 93%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 91%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 90%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 90%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 89%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 88%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 86%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 86%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 83%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 83%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 78%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 76%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 73%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 72%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3091.00 - Bicycle Repairers.


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