Pickers and Packers (also known as Pick Packers) generally work in warehouse environments for retail, logistics, wholesale or manufacturing. They pull merchandise from shelves and prepare items for shipping.
If you’re organised, physically fit, and interested in a career that’s face paced and will keep you active, then working as a Picker and Packer could be worth investigating.
- Reliable, punctual, efficient, and organised with great attention to detail
- Operation of warehouse vehicles is highly desirable, but not essential
- Willing to work flexible work hours or shifts in a dynamic environment
- Physically strong and fit, with a good work ethic
- Pick items from warehouse shelves to match picking slips
- Pack and prepare orders for despatch
- Load and unload deliveries
- Ensure warehouses are kept clean, organised, stocked, and in good rotation
- Keeps accurate records of stock movements, orders, product quality, safety issues and other administration requirements
Lifestyle impact: Medium
- Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 45% of Pickers and Packers work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
- Average hours for full-time workers: 40 hours a week, which is just below average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
- Pickers and Packers’ salary (average) $50,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
- Future career growth: Moderate (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
- You will be doing work both indoors and outdoors, mainly in warehouses and sheds. You’ll be doing a lot of physical work and spending most of the day on your feet.
- You might have to work on weekends, holidays, and do shift work if required.
Pickers and Packers are most in demand in these locations:
Demand for Pickers and Packers is highest in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia (source: seek.com.au). Most Pickers and Packers work in the Manufacturing, Retail Trade, and Administrative and Support Services industries.
How to become a Picker and Packer in Australia
Formal education and qualifications are not generally required to become a Picker and Packer in Australia, as on-the-job training is usually provided. However, previous experience and specialised skills are highly regarded.
Step 1 – Finish Year 10 with good results in English and Maths.
Step 2 – Gaining work experience or part time jobs in a similar environment while you are at school will look good on your resume and job applications.
Step 3 – Research the industry and narrow down an area you’d like to work in, e.g. logistics, manufacturing or retail.
Step 4 – Make sure you’re eligible to apply for the job, e.g. minimum age, drivers license, medical check, forklift (or similar) qualification, health & safety certificate. Some jobs might also require you to have your own equipment or clothing e.g. steel toe-capped boots, high vis clothing, safety goggles, gloves, etc.
Step 5 – Consider getting relevant qualifications that could help you advance and apply for promotions, such as:
- Certificate IV in Supply Chain Operations
- Diploma of Logistics
- Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) at Open Universities
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What do Pickers and Packers do?
Wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers store inventory (goods or products) in large, centralised distribution centres. Picker Packers work in these centres receiving new stock, updating records, storing it accurately, as well as picking out ordered items and sending out stock to customers or stores all over the country (or world).
Do I need qualifications to become a Picker and Packer?
No qualifications are necessary. Completing Year 10 or having your Year 12 certificate could be an advantage, as could having additional qualifications that are relevant to the job or industry.
Where do Picker Packers work?
Pickers and Packers generally work in large warehouses or other storage and distribution centres. You could be working in a large industrial area, at a port or other transport hub, or within a large store in the loading and unloading areas.