Wall and Floor Tilers
Wall and Floor Tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.
Specialisations: Ceramic Tiler, Mosaic Tiler.
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Wall and Floor Tiler. Although some workers have a certificate III in wall and floor tiling.
examining plans, measuring and marking surfaces and laying out work
preparing wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout and adhesive, filling holes and cracks, and cleaning surfaces
spreading adhesive onto prepared surfaces and tiles, and setting tiles in position
using tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges and corners, and around objects such as fittings and pipes
ensuring tiles are correctly aligned and spaced
grouting tiles, and cleaning and removing excess grout
applying waterproofing systems
may lay floors of granolithic, terrazzo, cement or similar composition
may lay coloured tiles in patterns to create mosaics
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to decline
- is likely to reach 16,600 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 76% of people employed as Wall and Floor Tilers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 10 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021.
Most Wall and Floor Tilers work in the Construction industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Wall and Floor Tilers||All Jobs Average|
Around 62% of Wall and Floor Tilers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of employment relative to their 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 Wall and Floor Tilers is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 2% of the workforce. This is 46 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||Wall and Floor Tilers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.9||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 essential to work as a Wall and Floor Tiler. Although some workers have a certificate III in wall and floor tiling.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Wall and Floor Tilers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||19.8||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 Wall and Floor Tilers who are reliable, work well in a team and hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Using maths to solve problems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Teaching people how to do something.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
37%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
34%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
34%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
46%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
41%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
36%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
35%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
30%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
24%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
23%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
22%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
18%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
12%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
12%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
48%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Communicate by speaking.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
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.
75%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
61%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
57%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
56%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
55%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
54%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
54%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
52%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
51%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
50%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
50%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
49%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
49%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
48%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
48%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
47%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
46%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
42%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
91%Kneeling, crouching, stooping, or crawling
Spend time kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
88%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
86%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
84%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
Work to strict deadlines.
83%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
82%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
81%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
80%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
80%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
77%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
76%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
76%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
72%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
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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, 47-2044.00 - Tile and Marble Setters.