Sail Makers fabricate and repair sails and other articles from sailcloth.
Prepares sailcloth to design specifications, patterns and drawings.
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, Canvas and Leather Goods Makers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 77% of people employed as Sail Makers 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 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Sail Makers work in the Manufacturing industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Sail Makers||All Jobs Average|
Around 61% of Sail Makers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia 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 Sail Makers is 47 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 12% of the workforce. This is 36 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||Sail Makers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||9.6||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 Sail Maker. Although most workers have a certificate III in textile fabrication.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Sail Makers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||12.5||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 Canvas and Leather Goods Makers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
37%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
34%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
32%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Using maths to solve problems.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
Looking for ways to help people.
30%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Talking to others.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
27%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
64%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
57%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
56%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.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
43%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
43%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
41%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
35%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
32%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
31%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
30%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
29%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
23%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
18%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Keep your hand or arm steady.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Put together small parts with your fingers.
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.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
See details that are far away.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
36%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
58%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
43%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
43%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
43%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
41%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
41%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
39%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
34%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
34%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
34%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
32%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
30%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
28%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
27%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
27%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
27%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
26%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
26%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
23%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
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.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
85%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
84%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
81%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
80%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
78%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
78%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Use electronic mail.
Work to strict deadlines.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
74%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
73%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
71%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
71%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
66%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
66%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
65%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
65%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
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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, 49-9093.00 - Fabric Menders, Except Garment.