Labourers in Food and Beverage Processing

(NOC 9617)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate stable employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 60 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$11.95

Minimum

$14.00

Median

$20.65

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,317

Minimum

$20,483

Median

$45,784

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

975

employed in 2016

81.5%

employed full-time

0.0%

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

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

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%

Northern

14.6%

Southern

14.6%

Halifax

7.9%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

70.7%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

8.1%

Wholesale Trade

6.6%

Retail Trade

4.5%

Agriculture

1.5%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

22.9%

45-54

21.6%

55-64

20.9%

25-34

19.0%

15-24

11.8%

35-44

3.9%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

43.4%

High school

$32,754 median annual income
28.7%

Less than high school

N/A
16.7%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
6.4%

Trades certificate

N/A
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Food & Consumer Products of Canada
100 Sheppard Ave E #600
Toronto, ON
Tel: (416) 510-8024
Fax: (416) 510-8043

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