Insulation and Home Improvement Installers
Insulation and Home Improvement Installers install a variety of insulation materials to improve resistance to heat, cold, air, sound and moisture, and install functional and decorative home improvements.
examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location
preparing site for insulation and installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders
gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls
operating equipment to blow and spray mineral wool, fibre fill and foam insulation material into cavities
cutting insulation material to size and shape, and nailing and stapling batt-type insulation to joists, studs and furring
measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows
fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools
drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place
attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords
installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors
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 grow strongly
- is likely to reach 24,300 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 78% of people employed as Insulation and Home Improvement Installers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Median full-time earnings are $1,379 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,265
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,626
Median hourly earnings are $33, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Insulation and Home Improvement Installers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Insulation and Home Improvement Installers||All Jobs Average|
Around 42% of Insulation and Home Improvement Installers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
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 Insulation and Home Improvement Installers is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 3% of the workforce. This is 45 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||Insulation and Home Improvement Installers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.7||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 an Insulation or Home Improvement Installer. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as building, carpentry, joinery or metal trades.
- 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||Insulation and Home Improvement Installers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||23.7||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 Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
39%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
37%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
34%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
30%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
50%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
40%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
36%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
31%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.
26%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
24%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
21%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
19%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
18%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
16%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
15%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your balance or stay upright.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are far away.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
79%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
61%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
54%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
50%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
50%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
48%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
46%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
46%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
44%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
44%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
44%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
44%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
42%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
41%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
37%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
35%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
34%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
34%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
27%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
93%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
86%Wear specialized protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.
85%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.
82%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Work to strict deadlines.
81%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
80%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
79%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work with people in a group or team.
78%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
78%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
78%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
77%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
76%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
75%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
74%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
74%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
74%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
73%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
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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, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.