How to become a Cheesemaker

Cheesemakers make and supervise the making of cheese.

Personal requirements of a Cheesemaker

  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • High standard of personal hygiene
  • Able to supervise other workers.

Education & Training for a Cheesemaker

To become a cheesemaker, you usually have to complete a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10 and some prefer Year 12.

Duties & Tasks of a Cheesemaker

Cheesemakers:

  • operate a wide range of mechanical equipment, often from a sophisticated control room
  • monitor the production of cheese using process control and recording systems
  • supervise and carry out the cleaning, sanitation and preparation of equipment.

Working conditions for a Cheesemaker

In small factories that use traditional methods there is a lot of skilled manual work. Cheesemakers are often required to work shifts.

Employment Opportunities for a Cheesemaker

Cheesemakers work in cheesemaking factories, which are usually located in regional dairy areas. Some small factories are located in outer-metropolitan suburbs. Opportunities may exist for self-employment usually in small, boutique cheesemaking establishments.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,027

Future growth:

Strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0%

NSW NSW 27%

NT NT 0.1%

QLD QLD 18.5%

SA SA 13.9%

TAS TAS 4.7%

VIC VIC 32.6%

WA WA 3.3%

Hours worked:

37.1

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 77.6%

Female 22.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 7.1%

Not completed Year 12: 22.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 32.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 13.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3.6%

20-24 - 8.8%

25-34 - 22.4%

35-44 - 25.9%

45-54 - 27.5%

55-59 - 8.3%

60-64 - 2.3%

65 and Over - 1.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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