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Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities

What they do?

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing, and Utilities:

A. Transport raw materials

B. Load, unload, sort, check, and weigh raw materials as well as products

C. Feed machines such as conveyers, crushers, saws, and processing machines

D. Clean work areas/equipment

E. Assist more skilled workers

Where they find work?

1. Food manufacturing - 24.0%
2. Wood product manufacturing - 10.0%
3. Plastics and rubber products manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 7.0%
5. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 6.0%
6. Paper manufacturing - 6.0%
7. Primary metal manufacturing - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be a labourer, you may need some secondary school education.

2. To be a labourer in wood, pulp, and paper processing, working in the pulp/paper industry and for other large employers, you must have a high school diploma.

3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a machine operator or other more skilled labourer within your area of work.

4. Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities is $13.25/HR, which is below average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities wages

Expected Wage by Age

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Wage By Age

Unemployment:

13% of Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities are unemployed. This rate is above the average for labouring and elemental occupations.

Unemployment

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($13.25) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (13%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Occupations are found in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (39%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Physical/outdoor work

2. Detail/precision work

3. Troubleshooting

Part Time Workers

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


9% of Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 203,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 10% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


Despite an expected older-than-average worker (36), the retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average because they also tend to retire at a later age (60).

Self Employed

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 0% of Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


38% of the individuals employed as Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.