Plumber's Assistants perform routine tasks in fabricating, laying, installing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, water meters and regulators.
Loading and unloading plumbing fixtures and materials, tools and equipment and transporting them around sites.
Assisting with assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings.
Assisting with installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems.
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, Building and Plumbing Labourers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 66% of people employed as Plumber's Assistants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is the same as the all jobs average.
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||Plumber's Assistants||All Jobs Average|
Around 53% of Plumber's Assistants 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.
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 Plumber's Assistants is 29 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 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||Plumber's Assistants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.6||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 a Plumber's Assistant. Although some workers have a certificate III in a related area like plumbing.
- 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||Plumber's Assistants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||30.1||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 Building and Plumbing Labourers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and are physically fit.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Fixing machines or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
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.
Talking to others.
30%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.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
29%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
29%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Reading work related information.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Using maths to solve problems.
18%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
66%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.
58%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
43%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
39%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.
37%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
33%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
32%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
26%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
25%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
24%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
17%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
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..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
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).
43%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.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Communicate by speaking.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
81%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
68%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
68%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.
65%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
63%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
60%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
60%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
58%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
58%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
54%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
52%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
52%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
51%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
50%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
49%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
49%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
45%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
40%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
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.
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.
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.
93%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
90%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
89%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
87%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
85%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Talk with people face-to-face.
83%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
82%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
80%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work to strict deadlines.
76%Kneeling, crouching, stooping, or crawling
Spend time kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling.
76%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
75%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
75%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
74%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
72%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
Talk on the telephone.
71%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
71%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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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, 47-3015.00 - Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters.