Linemarkers operate plants to apply markings to roads and other surfaces such as car parks, airports and sportsgrounds.
Specialisations: Road Marker.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Linemarker.
Drives over surface to lay appropriate markings.
Reads drawings and plans.
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 Mobile Plant Operators, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 77% of people employed as Linemarkers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 11 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Linemarkers||All Jobs Average|
Around 45% of Linemarkers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The region with the largest share of workers is Melbourne - South East.
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 Linemarkers is 41 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 4% of the workforce. This is 44 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||Linemarkers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.5||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 Linemarker.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Linemarkers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||32.7||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 Other Mobile Plant Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
48%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
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.
Fixing machines or systems.
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.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
36%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Teaching people how to do something.
Looking for ways to help people.
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.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
58%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
58%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
55%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
55%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
45%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
42%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
37%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
37%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
35%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
34%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
32%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
70%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
66%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
65%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
64%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
55%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
53%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
53%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
51%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
48%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
48%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
47%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
46%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
45%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
43%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
39%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
38%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
37%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
36%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
30%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
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 people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
92%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
90%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
87%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
87%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
Work with people in a group or team.
84%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
84%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
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.
79%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
74%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
74%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
73%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
72%Whole body vibration
Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).
72%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
71%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
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