Careers in Manufacturing


Manufacturing is the sixth largest industry in Australia and the largest industry in Brimbank, employing 13,357 people or 15.6% of local jobs in 2017/18. The largest sub-sectors in Brimbank for employment are Food Product Manufacturing, Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing, Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing, and Furniture and Manufacturing. Source

Many workers in this industry are male and employed full-time, but part-time employment is becoming more common. Jobs range from low-skilled jobs such as Industrial Spraypainters to very high-skilled jobs such as Chemical and Materials Engineers. Many need a VET qualification and an apprenticeship is a common pathway. Tertiary education is needed for high-skilled jobs. Source

Nationally, trends for the Manufacturing industry are as follows:

Very strong future growth in:

  • Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators - average weekly income $1,063 before tax
  • Engineering Managers - average weekly income $3,427 before tax

Strong future growth in:

  • Bakers and Pastrycooks - average weekly income $996 before tax
  • Chemical and Materials Engineer - average weekly income $3,019 before tax
  • Food and Drink Factory Workers - average weekly income $1,208 before tax
  • Glaziers - average weekly income $1,050 before tax
  • Other Specialist Managers - average weekly income $2,259 before tax
  • Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers - average weekly income $2,519 before tax

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