How to become a Cheesemaker

Cheesemakers make and supervise the making of cheese.

Personal requirements for 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


  • 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.


  • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas..
  • Operates heating, chilling, freezing and pasteurising plant..
  • Regulates speed of conveyors and associated equipment..
  • Packages and bottles products..
  • Monitors product quality before packaging by inspecting, taking samples and adjusting treatment conditions when necessary..
  • Cleans equipment, pumps, hoses, storage tanks, vessels and floors, and maintains infestation control programmes..
  • Weighs, measures, mixes, and processes ingredients..

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.

  • Average age
    Average age
    42 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    23% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    43 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Entry level
  • Unemployment
    Average unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    81% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    4,000 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 0.2%
    NSW: 18.2%
    NT: 0.3%
    QLD: 9.1%
    SA: 5.2%
    TAS: 9.1%
    VIC: 53.8%
    WA: 4.2%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 2.5%
    20-24: 9%
    25-34: 21.8%
    35-44: 23.9%
    45-54: 25.2%
    55-59: 10%
    60-64: 5.4%
    65 and Over: 2.2%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 6.6%
    Bachelor degree: 6.1%
    Certificate III/IV: 25.9%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.4%
    Year 10 and below: 25.1%
    Year 11: 10.6%
    Year 12: 24.3%
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