Other Food and Drink Factory Workers
Other Food and Drink Factory Workers includes jobs like Coffee Roaster, Egg Factory Worker, Ice-cream Maker, Margarine Maker, and Pasta Maker.
Weighs, measures, mixes, dissolves and boils ingredients.
Adds materials, such as spices and preservatives.
Operates processing plant.
Monitors product quality before packaging by inspecting, taking samples and adjusting treatment conditions when necessary.
Cleans equipment, pumps, hoses, storage tanks, vessels and floors, and maintains infestation control programmes.
Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.
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, Food and Drink Factory Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 76% of people employed as Other Food and Drink Factory Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 10 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 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||Other Food and Drink Factory Workers||All Jobs Average|
Around 44% of Other Food and Drink Factory Workers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
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 Food and Drink Factory Workers 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 29% of the workforce. This is 19 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 Food and Drink Factory Workers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.0||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 Food and Drink Factory Worker. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in food processing.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Food Processing VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Other Food and Drink Factory Workers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.6||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||26.0||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 Food and Drink Factory Workers who are reliable, hardworking and have good people skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
39%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
46%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
29%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
29%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
28%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
24%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.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
13%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
13%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
9%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
8%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
6%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
3%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
1%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
64%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
59%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
57%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
51%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
48%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
46%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
44%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
43%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
42%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
41%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
40%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
39%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
39%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
36%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
35%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
34%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
34%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
31%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
28%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
28%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
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.
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.
99%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
98%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
97%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk with people face-to-face.
91%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
87%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
85%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
80%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
80%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
80%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
78%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
77%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
77%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
76%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
76%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
75%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
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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, 51-3091.00 - Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders.