Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere)
Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere) includes jobs like Airborne Electronics Analyst (Air Force), Architectural Model Maker, Canoe Maker, Coffee Machine Technician, Fibre Composite Technician, Glass Blower, Hide and Skin Classer, Irrigation Designer, Kayak Maker, Milking Machine Technician, Parachute Rigger, Pearl Technician, Pyrotechnician, Ski Technician, and Surfboard Maker.
Talks to clients about their needs.
Orders materials and equipment.
Designs and shapes the blank (polyurethane board).
Applies colour to the board.
Covers the blank with fibreglass cloth and resin.
Draws designs on tissue and transfers them onto the board.
Attaches fibreglass fins and/or fin systems.
Sands the board to achieve a smooth finish and sprays or brushes the board with a chemical finish.
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, Other Technicians and Trades Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 78% of people employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
Around 42% of Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere) live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
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 Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere) is 42 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 13% of the workforce. This is 35 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||Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere)||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
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Technicians and Trades Workers (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||3.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||12.3||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 Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
46%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
45%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Reading work related information.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
34%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
27%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
53%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
47%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.
46%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.
43%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
43%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
41%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
40%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.
30%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
24%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
24%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..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
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.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Communicate by speaking.
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.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
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.
76%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
70%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
61%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
58%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
57%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
56%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
53%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
50%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
50%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
49%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
48%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
47%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
45%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
45%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
42%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
37%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
36%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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
85%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
84%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
83%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
83%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
82%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work to strict deadlines.
79%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
78%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
77%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
77%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
75%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
75%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
70%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
69%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
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