How to become a Food Process Worker

Food process workers operate machines and prepare foods for processing using a wide range of equipment and methods.

Personal requirements of a Food Process Worker

  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy practical work
  • High standard of personal cleanliness
  • Aptitude for technical activities
  • Attention to detail
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • No skin allergies or chest complaints.

Education & Training for a Food Process Worker

You can work as a food process worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a food process worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 24.2%

NT 0.2%

QLD 16.7%

SA 9.3%

TAS 6.4%

VIC 36.9%

WA 6.2%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 72.1%

Female 27.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 8.2%

Not completed Year 12: 35%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 16.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 22.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 5.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 35.8%

Above 35 years: 64.5%

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

Additional Information
For certain food processing work, such as poultry processing, you may need a forklift licence. See the separate entry for Forklift Operator for further information.
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