How to become a Jackaroo

Jackaroos (male workers) and jillaroos (female workers) undertake a range of activities on cattle and sheep stations.

Personal requirements of a Jackaroo

  • enjoy working outdoors
  • able to deal confidently with people
  • good communication and organisation skills
  • able to make accurate observations
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and often heavy work
  • able to endure isolation and limited social contact
  • interested in animals and their welfare
  • able to handle animals with confidence and patience.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 33%

NT 0.1%

QLD 21.4%

SA 6.4%

TAS 3.2%

VIC 29.5%

WA 6.4%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 58.8%

Female 41.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 16.9%

Not completed Year 12: 34.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 21.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 16.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 61.8%

Above 35 years: 51.4%

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

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