Food and Beverage Processing Labourers

(NOC 9617)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Labourers in this group do material handling, clean-up, packaging and other activities related to food and beverage processing. They work 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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 70 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

There was an increase in unemployment in this occupation during the first wave of the pandemic, indicating that layoffs occurred among food processing labourers. The closure of dining rooms in March and directions for individuals to stay home as much as possible resulted in a surge of liquor sales. Much of the additional sales volume was in beverages produced at craft distilleries and breweries within the province. However, these quantities were offset somewhat by the loss of sales through bars and dining rooms.

Many craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries have opened in recent years, creating additional employment opportunities for this occupation. Alcohol sales among craft producers have taken market share from imported beverages. This trend is expected to continue for the near future. Frozen food manufacturers also employ many workers in this occupation. In some rural areas, the supply of labour is sometimes insufficient. As with other plant workers, there is concern that the scarcity of workers will worsen as large portions of the existing workforce reach retirement age.

The median employment income for the 40% of Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $33,889. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, the 59% of those who worked full-time, year-round had a median employment income of $43,600. (Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$16.29

Median

$21.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,317

Minimum

$20,483

Median

$45,784

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Labourers in this group do material handling, clean-up, packaging and other activities related to food and beverage processing. They work 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

Food and beverage processing labourers:

  • Move 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.
  • Help 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

You should have good physical health. You must be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education may be required.

Other considerations

Shiftwork is common at various hours of the day or on a part-time basis. There is some movement among jobs in this group. Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing may move to machine or process operating positions with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,335

employed in 2016

77.9%

employed full-time

0.7%

self employed

43.4%
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56.6%
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45

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

39.0%

Annapolis Valley

24.0%

North Shore

14.6%

Halifax

14.6%

Southern

7.9%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

73.7%

Manufacturing

8.1%

Wholesale trade

6.6%

Retail trade

4.5%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

2.0%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

45-54

22.0%

15-24

19.0%

55-64

15.0%

35-44

13.0%

25-34

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

44.0%

High school

$24,246 median annual income
28.2%

Less than high school

$16,513 median annual income
15.8%

College Diploma

$20,539 median annual income
7.1%

Trade Certification

$22,777 median annual income
4.1%

Bachelor

$18,315 median annual income

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Food & Consumer Products of Canada
Mississauga, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.