Wood Turners operate wood turning lathes to turn and shape wood stock.
Sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding.
Operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces.
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, Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 57% of people employed as Wood Turners work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 9 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 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||Wood Turners||All Jobs Average|
Around 47% of Wood Turners live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Tasmania 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 Wood Turners is 52 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 65 years and over.
Females make up 9% of the workforce. This is 39 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||Wood Turners||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||24.5||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 Wood Turner. Although some workers have a certificate III or IV in wood machining and turning. Some workers have a certificate III or IV.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Forest and Wood Products Industry and Furnishing Industry VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Wood Turners||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||22.1||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 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
46%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
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.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
36%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.
Talking to others.
Using maths to solve problems.
30%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.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
29%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
41%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
38%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
31%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
31%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
23%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
22%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
22%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
21%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
13%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
12%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
8%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
See details that are far away.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
75%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
69%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
59%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
51%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
46%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
44%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
43%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
41%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
41%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
39%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
39%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
38%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
38%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
38%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
37%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
36%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
35%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
31%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
26%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
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.
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.
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.
100%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Talk with people face-to-face.
96%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
96%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
95%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
94%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
87%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
86%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work to strict deadlines.
77%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
75%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
74%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
73%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
70%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
68%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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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, 51-7042.00 - Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing.