Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere)
Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) includes jobs like Sheltered Workshop Worker.
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.
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- 839914 Fabric and Textile Factory Workers
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- 839916 Glass Processing Workers
- 839917 Hide and Skin Processing Workers
- 839918 Recycling Workers
- 839999 Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere)
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, Other Factory Process Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
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.
Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere) work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
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.
Age and gender
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)
|Age Bracket||Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.5||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 Factory Process Worker (not covered elsewhere).
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Factory Process Workers (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.6||10.1|
|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 can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
36%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
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.
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.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
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.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
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.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Looking for ways to help people.
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.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
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.
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.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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.
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.
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.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
See details that are far away.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
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).
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 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.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
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.
Talk with people face-to-face.
83%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Work to strict deadlines.
81%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
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.
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.
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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