Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers includes a range of occupations such as Hunter-Trappers and Pest Controllers.
hunts, traps and shoots animals for food, pelts, research and for pest control registration or licensing may be required
applies pest or weed management techniques to kill and control pests or weeds in domestic, commercial and industrial areas, roadsides, and private and public lands registration or licensing may be required
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA 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 moderately
- is likely to reach 8,600 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia 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 Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 69% of people employed as Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 3 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.
More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $1,154 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,092
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,346
Median hourly earnings are $29, 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. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. 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||Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers||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||Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers||All Jobs Average|
Around 60% of Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland and New South Wales 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 Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 11% of the workforce. This is 37 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||Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.8||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 essential to work as an Other Farm, Forestry or Garden Worker. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in pest management, meat processing or another related field.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||18.5||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 Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers who are fit, reliable and can work independently when needed but also as part of a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Looking for ways to help people.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Reading work related information.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
41%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
37%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
61%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
40%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
34%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.
32%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.
31%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
28%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
28%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
24%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
22%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
20%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
46%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
See details that are far away.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
67%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
62%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
59%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
58%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
58%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
57%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
56%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
55%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
55%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
55%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
55%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
52%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
47%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
45%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
45%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
43%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
38%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.
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 people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
99%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
Talk on the telephone.
91%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
90%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
88%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
83%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
82%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
81%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
80%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
79%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
77%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
74%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
72%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
72%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
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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, 37-2021.00 - Pest Control Workers.