Goat Farmers

ANZSCO ID 121315

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
160
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
71%
Female Share
39%
Average age
57

Summary

Goat Farmers breed and raise goats for fibre, milk, meat and breeding stock.

Tasks

  • Breeds and raises livestock for the production of meat, fibre and milk.

  • Maintains the health and condition of livestock.

  • Provides pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels.

  • Moves livestock to optimise feeding opportunities.

  • Conducts farming operations such as mustering, milking, shearing and drenching livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce.

  • Oversees general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder.

  • Maintains fences, equipment and water supply systems.

  • Organises the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce.

  • Evaluates records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production.

  • Manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.

  • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Administrative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy
  • Very Heavy

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, Livestock Farmers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 71% of people employed as Goat Farmers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 5 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 58 hours per week in their main job. This is 14 hours more 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
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
87.1%
2
Mining
2.5%
3
Retail Trade
2.5%
4
Wholesale Trade
1.8%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

50.0% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.1% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

10.8% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

5.7% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

7.6% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.9% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.0% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Goat Farmers All Jobs Average
NSW 50.0 31.6
VIC 24.1 25.6
QLD 10.8 20.0
SA 5.7 7.0
WA 7.6 10.8
TAS 1.9 2.0
NT 0.0 1.0
ACT 0.0 1.9


  • Around 92% of Goat Farmers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    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
57
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
39%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Goat Farmers is 57 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 65 years and over.

    Females make up 39% of the workforce. This is 9 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 Goat Farmers All Jobs Average
15-19 2.4 5.0
20-24 4.7 9.3
25-34 6.5 22.9
35-44 11.8 22.0
45-54 16.5 21.6
55-59 15.9 9.0
60-64 17.1 6.0
65 and Over 25.3 4.2
Median Age 57 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

Livestock farming experience is usually needed to work as a Goat Farmer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in agriculture.

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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 Goat Farmers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 10.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 10.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.5 11.6
Certificate III/IV 16.9 21.1
Year 12 18.5 18.1
Year 11 3.1 4.8
Year 10 and below 30.0 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 Livestock Farmers who can communicate and connect well with others and are reliable.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 59%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 55%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 55%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 54%

    Monitoring

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

  • 54%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 54%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 54%

    Time management

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

  • 54%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 54%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 52%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 50%

    Active listening

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

  • 50%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 50%

    Active learning

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

  • 48%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 48%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 48%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 45%

    Operation monitoring

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

  • 45%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 43%

    Quality control analysis

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

  • 41%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 70%

    Food production

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  • 70%

    Administration and management

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

  • 69%

    Production and processing

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

  • 68%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 65%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 63%

    Education and training

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

  • 61%

    Chemistry

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

  • 61%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 56%

    Mechanical

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

  • 55%

    Law and government

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

  • 53%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 53%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 52%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 52%

    Transportation

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

  • 51%

    Building and construction

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

  • 51%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 50%

    English language

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

  • 50%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 48%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 44%

    Technical design

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 61%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 59%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 59%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 59%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 57%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 55%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 52%

    Multilimb coordination

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

  • 52%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 52%

    Control precision

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

  • 50%

    Near vision

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

  • 50%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 50%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 48%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 48%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 46%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 45%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 43%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 39%

    Depth perception

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

  • 39%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

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

  • 76%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 73%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 70%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 70%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 67%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 66%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 66%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

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

  • 64%

    Doing physically active work

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

  • 63%

    Handling and moving objects

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

  • 61%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 61%

    Working with mechanical equipment

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

  • 60%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

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

  • 59%

    Controlling equipment or machines

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

  • 56%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 55%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 53%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 52%

    Working with electronic equipment

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  • 52%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 48%

    Checking for errors or defects

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

  • 47%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


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%

    Enterprising

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

  • 95%

    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.

  • 38%

    Analytical

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

  • 24%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 19%

    Creative

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


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 76%

    Achievement

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

  • 71%

    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.

  • 67%

    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.

  • 64%

    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.

  • 62%

    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.

  • 29%

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 98%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 96%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 96%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 94%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 92%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 88%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 86%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 85%

    In an open vehicle or equipment

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  • 85%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 82%

    Contact with people

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

  • 81%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 80%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 79%

    Outdoors, under cover

    Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).

  • 79%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

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

  • 76%

    Very hot or cold temperatures

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  • 75%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 74%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 73%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 72%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

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