Metal Polishers polish metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.
Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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, Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 84% of people employed as Metal Polishers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 18 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 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||Metal Polishers||All Jobs Average|
Around 68% of Metal Polishers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their 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.
Age and gender
The median age of Metal Polishers is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 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||Metal Polishers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||6.3||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 Metal Polisher. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering (fabrication trade).
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Automotive Manufacturing Sector, Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Metal Polishers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||39.3||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 Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
52%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Using maths to solve problems.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Reading work related information.
39%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
36%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Talking to others.
Fixing machines or systems.
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.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
49%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
46%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
38%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
28%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
26%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
22%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
21%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
18%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
13%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
12%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
See details that are far away.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
81%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
78%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
59%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
58%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
56%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
56%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
55%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
54%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
52%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
52%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
51%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
51%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
50%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
49%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
49%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
48%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
47%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
46%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
44%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
40%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
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.
99%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
92%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work to strict deadlines.
83%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
82%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
81%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Talk with people face-to-face.
77%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
77%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
75%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
74%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
74%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Work with people in a group or team.
72%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
70%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
70%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
69%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
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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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.