Sugar Mill Workers
Sugar Mill Workers operate machines and perform routine tasks to extract juice from sugar cane to make granular sugar and molasses.
Weighs, measures, and processes ingredients.
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 programs.
Regulates speed of conveyors and crusher rollers, and adjusts tension of rollers to ensure total extraction of juice from sugar cane.
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 95% of people employed as Sugar Mill Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 29 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 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||Sugar Mill Workers||All Jobs Average|
Around 98% of Sugar Mill Workers 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.
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 Sugar Mill Workers is 49 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 5% of the workforce. This is 43 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||Sugar Mill Workers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.7||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 Sugar Mill Worker. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in sugar milling.
- 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||Sugar Mill Workers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||32.7||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.
54%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
48%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
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.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Fixing machines or systems.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
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.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
60%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
42%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
40%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.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
30%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
29%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
29%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
23%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
22%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
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.
18%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
16%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
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.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are far away.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
78%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
77%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
62%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
57%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
56%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
53%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
49%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
49%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
48%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
48%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
47%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
46%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
46%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
44%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
43%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
43%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
42%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
42%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
40%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
40%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
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.
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.
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.
99%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
94%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Talk with people face-to-face.
90%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
Work with people in a group or team.
82%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
80%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
76%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
73%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
73%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
71%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
71%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
69%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
69%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
67%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
67%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Work to strict deadlines.
65%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
64%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
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