Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere)

ANZSCO ID 839999

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
2,500
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
54%
Female Share
30%
Average age
42

Summary

Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) includes jobs like Sheltered Workshop Worker.

Tasks

  • Sets up, monitors, inspects, adjusts, repairs and cleans automatic machines and equipment.

  • Delivers materials to processing areas.

  • Loads materials into machines.

  • Selects product patterns and cuts product materials using automatic machines.

  • Constructs product components by machine and assembles product parts together (including the attachment product labels and information).

  • Performs other practical tasks related to the production of products.

  • Stacks products on carts, pallets and trolleys.

  • Moves carts and trolleys to and from sorting, storage and shipping areas.


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 Factory Process Workers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 54% of people employed as Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than 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
Manufacturing
33.3%
2
Health Care and Social Assistance
29.4%
3
Administrative and Support Services
9.2%
4
Wholesale Trade
4.2%
5
Other industries
13.3%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

25.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

34.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

18.3% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.3% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.0% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.6% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.6% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) All Jobs Average
NSW 25.8 31.6
VIC 34.5 25.6
QLD 18.3 20.0
SA 7.9 7.0
WA 10.3 10.8
TAS 2.0 2.0
NT 0.6 1.0
ACT 0.6 1.9


  • Around 44% of Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its 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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
42
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
30%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 30% of the workforce. This is 18 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 Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) All Jobs Average
15-19 3.6 5.0
20-24 9.9 9.3
25-34 22.5 22.9
35-44 19.5 22.0
45-54 26.2 21.6
55-59 10.1 9.0
60-64 5.8 6.0
65 and Over 2.5 4.2
Median Age 42 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 usually required to work as a Factory Process Worker (not covered elsewhere).

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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 Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.6 10.1
Bachelor degree 3.5 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 2.4 11.6
Certificate III/IV 10.4 21.1
Year 12 30.3 18.1
Year 11 6.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 45.9 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 Factory Process Workers who are reliable, can work independently and are hardworking.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 36%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 36%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 34%

    Monitoring

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

  • 34%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 32%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 32%

    Quality control analysis

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

  • 32%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 30%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 29%

    Active listening

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

  • 29%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 29%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 29%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 27%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 27%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 27%

    Active learning

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

  • 27%

    Troubleshooting

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

  • 25%

    Equipment maintenance

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

  • 25%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 21%

    Equipment selection

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

  • 21%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 39%

    Production and processing

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

  • 38%

    Mechanical

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

  • 36%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 35%

    English language

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

  • 31%

    Education and training

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

  • 26%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 24%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 23%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 22%

    Chemistry

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

  • 20%

    Administration and management

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

  • 19%

    Building and construction

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

  • 18%

    Technical design

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

  • 18%

    Transportation

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

  • 17%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 17%

    Psychology

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

  • 16%

    Communications and media

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

  • 15%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 14%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 13%

    Physics

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

  • 10%

    Sales and marketing

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 48%

    Control precision

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

  • 48%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 46%

    Near vision

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

  • 46%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 45%

    Manual dexterity

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

  • 45%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 45%

    Extent flexibility

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

  • 43%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 43%

    Multilimb coordination

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

  • 43%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 41%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 41%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 39%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 39%

    Depth perception

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  • 39%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 39%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 39%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 39%

    Stamina

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  • 37%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 37%

    Sorting or ordering

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


Activities

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

  • 85%

    Handling and moving objects

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

  • 67%

    Doing physically active work

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

  • 65%

    Controlling equipment or machines

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

  • 52%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 50%

    Working with mechanical equipment

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

  • 49%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 47%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 46%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 45%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 45%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 45%

    Checking for errors or defects

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

  • 43%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 42%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 42%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 41%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 40%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 39%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 37%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 35%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 35%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.


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.

  • 71%

    Administrative

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

  • 43%

    Analytical

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

  • 19%

    Creative

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

  • 19%

    Enterprising

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

  • 19%

    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.
  • 71%

    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.

  • 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.

  • 31%

    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.

  • 29%

    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.

  • 19%

    Achievement

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

  • 19%

    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:
  • 99%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

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

  • 92%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

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

  • 86%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 83%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

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

  • 82%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 81%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 78%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 78%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 77%

    Pace of work set by equipment

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  • 77%

    Contact with people

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

  • 75%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 75%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  • 74%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 71%

    Bending or twisting your body

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  • 70%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 70%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 69%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 69%

    Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  • 68%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 68%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

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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, 51-9198.00 - Helpers--Production Workers.


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