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Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing

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NOC:9617
Occupation:Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

Labourers in this group perform material handling, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities related to food and beverage processing. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries and other food and beverage processing and packaging plants.

Job duties:
Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Transport raw materials, finished products and packaging materials throughout plant and warehouse manually, or with powered equipment.
  • Measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines or mobile tank trucks.
  • Feed and unload food, beverage and associated products processing machines.
  • Feed flattened boxes into forming machines to construct containers.
  • Remove filled containers from conveyors and manually pack goods into bags, boxes or other containers.
  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • Check products and packaging for basic quality defects.
  • Assist process control and machine operators in performing their duties.
Sample job titles:
  • bakery labourer
  • brewery labourer
  • dairy helper - food and beverage processing
  • industrial butcher helper
  • labourer - food and beverage processing
  • meat packer - food and beverage processing
  • production helper - food and beverage processing
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you should have good physical health. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education may be required.
Other considerations:

Generally, this work is carried out in shifts at various hours of the day or on a part-time basis. There is some mobility among jobs in this group. Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing may progress to machine or process operating positions with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Labourers in Food, Beverage, and Associated Products Processing most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 42% of Labourers in Food, Beverage, and Associated Products Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $33,889. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing975stable60High
Minimum: $11.95
Median: $14.00
Maximum: $20.65
Minimum: $4,317
Median: $20,483
Maximum: $45,784
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities15,275Weak growth1,275Moderate
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $18.75
Maximum: $30.00
Minimum: $6,056
Median: $30,111
Maximum: $70,518
Labourers in Food and Beverage ProcessingCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
Percent employed full-time81%87%
Percent self-employed10%3%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentLabourers in Food and Beverage ProcessingCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern15%$23,54912%$30,581
Northern24%$22,42716%$33,660
Cape Breton8%x13%$32,974
Halifax15%$22,90347%$41,209
Annapolis Valley39%$22,80613%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeLabourers in Food and Beverage ProcessingCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
15-2419%3%
25-3421%5%
35-4412%21%
45-5423%42%
55-6422%29%
65+4%3%
Median Age4545
GenderLabourers in Food and Beverage ProcessingCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Female43%28%
Male57%72%
EducationLabourers in Food and Beverage ProcessingCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school28.7%x22.9%$21,011
High school43.4%$32,75438.1%$28,358
Trades certificate6.4%x12.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma16.7%x20.3%$36,968
University certificate or diploma0.8%x1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degree4.4%x4.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$55,581
Master's degreeN/Ax0.5%x
DoctorateN/AxN/A$25,380
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%N/A
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Food & Consumer Products of Canada
100 Sheppard Ave E #600
Toronto, ON
Tel: (416) 510-8024
Fax: (416) 510-8043
info@fcpc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
See all institutions providing this program+
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
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