Gasfitters install, maintain and repair gas mains, piping systems downstream of billing meters, and appliances and ancillary equipment associated with the use of fuel gases, including liquefied petroleum gas systems.
Specialisations: Gas Main and Line Fitter, Liquefied Petroleum Gasfitter.
A certificate III or IV in gas fitting, gas supply industry operations, plumbing is usually needed to work as a Gasfitter.
Installs gas appliances, flues and pressure regulating devices.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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, Plumbers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Gasfitters work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above 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 Gasfitters work in the Construction industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Gasfitters||All Jobs Average|
Around 41% of Gasfitters live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia, Victoria and South 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 Gasfitters is 39 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 1% of the workforce. This is 47 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||Gasfitters||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.2||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
A certificate III or IV in gas fitting, gas supply industry operations, plumbing is usually needed to work as a Gasfitter.
- 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||Gasfitters||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||4.3||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 Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
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.
Reading work related information.
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.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
39%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Talking to others.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
36%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
73%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.
54%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
49%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
44%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.
42%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
42%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
34%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.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
30%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
30%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
21%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
16%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..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Communicate by speaking.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Keep your balance or stay upright.
39%Whole body coordination
Move your arms, legs, and body together.
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.
78%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
69%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
60%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
57%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
57%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
56%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
56%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
54%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
53%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
52%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
52%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
50%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
49%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
48%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
45%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
45%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
42%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
100%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
97%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
97%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.
92%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
89%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
89%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
Work with people in a group or team.
87%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
85%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
85%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
83%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
83%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
82%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Talk on the telephone.
81%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
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