How to become a Manufacturer

Manufacturers plan, organise and manage the operations of small establishments that manufacture goods.

Personal requirements of a Manufacturer

  • Interested in technical and engineering activities
  • able to grasp concepts and think creatively
  • aptitude for computing
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • practical and creative
  • good interpersonal skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • team leadership capabilities
  • able to accept responsibility
  • willing to adhere to safety requirements.

Duties & Tasks of a Manufacturer

Manufacturers may perform the following tasks:

  • identify business opportunities, determine new manufacturing processes and choose products to be manufactured
  • develop business plans and implement procedures for operation, marketing, pricing and personnel
  • research and meet regulatory and statutory requirements affecting manufacturing operations and the environment
  • direct the activities of production, warehousing, distribution and other operational units
  • maintain quality control systems for manufacturing, waste disposal, delivery and other procedures
  • coordinate orders for raw materials, supplies and equipment and arrange packaging, delivery and wholesaling of products
  • monitor the coordination of after-sales service
  • supervise the preparation of quotes for the manufacture of specialised goods and arrange contracts with customers
  • devise and manage the implementation of production-run schedules.

Working conditions for a Manufacturer

Manufacturers spend their time in the office and on the factory floor.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0.5%

NSW 28.2%

NT 0.3%

QLD 20.4%

SA 8%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 31.2%

WA 9.1%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 76%

Female 24%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 19.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 30.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 3.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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