How to become a Fruit and Vegetable Picker

Fruit and vegetable pickers harvest fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries at farms, market gardens and orchards, and prepare produce for distribution.

Personal requirements of a Fruit and Vegetable Picker

  • • enjoy practical work • free from skin conditions and allergies to agricultural chemicals • able to cope with the physical demands of the job • able to work at heights • able to work quickly and consistently for long periods of time • willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions • able to travel from property to property to pick fruit and vegetables • able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work • reliable and motivated.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 26.2%

NT 0.1%

QLD 15.7%

SA 23.5%

TAS 7.9%

VIC 18.5%

WA 8.1%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 67.1%

Female 32.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 14.1%

Not completed Year 12: 14.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 35.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 25.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 39.5%

Above 35 years: 53.1%

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

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