Drycleaners clean clothing, garments, upholstery and other fabrics using dry-cleaning agents and machines.
Sorts articles according to colour, condition and type of material and decides on type of treatment to be given.
May make minor repairs such as replacing buttons.
Places articles in drum and fastens cover before operating valves to feed chemical solution into machine.
Operates controls to rotate drum or agitate contents, drains off solution after stopping machine.
Removes articles and packs them into hand truck.
Removes spots and stains by rubbing them with solvents.
Filters solution after use to make it fit for re-use.
May do pressing using machine or heated flat iron.
Places articles on shelves or on hangers for delivery or collection.
Packages articles and prepares orders for dispatch.
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, Laundry Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 52% of people employed as Drycleaners work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 14 percentage points below 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 Drycleaners work in the Other services industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Drycleaners||All Jobs Average|
Around 73% of Drycleaners live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Sydney - Inner South West
- Melbourne - South East
- Melbourne - West
- Melbourne - North East
- Sydney - South West.
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 Drycleaners is 49 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 58% of the workforce. This is 10 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||Drycleaners||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||7.5||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 Drycleaner. Some workers have a certificate II or III in dry cleaning operations.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Property Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Drycleaners||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||30.4||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 Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Looking for ways to help people.
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.
32%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
32%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
30%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
30%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
29%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
29%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.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
37%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
36%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.
35%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
30%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
29%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.
23%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
23%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
17%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
16%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
14%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
14%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Communicate by speaking.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
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).
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Read and understand written information.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
59%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
48%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
46%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
46%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
43%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
41%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
40%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
40%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
39%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
38%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
36%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
36%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
35%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
34%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
34%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
34%Managing payments and orders
Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.
33%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
32%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
31%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
30%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 people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
92%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
85%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
83%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
82%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
82%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
80%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
79%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work to strict deadlines.
Talk with people face-to-face.
75%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Work with people in a group or team.
74%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
70%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
70%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
68%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
65%Automation of tasks
Do tasks that are mostly automated.
65%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
64%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
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