Other Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Labourers

(NOC 9619)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Other processing, manufacturing and utilities labourers handle materials, clean-up, packaging and other activities in processing, manufacturing and utilities. They work for companies that manufacture products like clothing, footwear, furniture and electrical and electronic products and by printing and packaging companies.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 10 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.

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 moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing, and Utilities most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 39% of Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing, and Utilities who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $31,719. 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

$12.55

Minimum

$15.00

Median

$19.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,633

Minimum

$23,036

Median

$48,910

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

Other processing, manufacturing and utilities labourers handle materials, clean-up, packaging and other activities in processing, manufacturing and utilities. They work for companies that manufacture products like clothing, footwear, furniture and electrical and electronic products and by printing and packaging companies.

Job duties

Other processing, manufacturing and utilities labourers:

  • Move raw materials, finished products and equipment throughout plant manually or using powered equipment.
  • Check and weigh materials and products.
  • Sort, pack, crate and package materials and products.
  • Help machine operators, assemblers and other workers.
  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • Do other labouring activities.

Sample job titles

  • bindery helper
  • box packer
  • carton maker
  • chair sander
  • clothing plant labourer
  • electrical products labourer
  • film cutter
  • furniture packer
  • garment folder
  • lens blocker
  • machine packager
  • seed packager
  • shoe manufacturing labourer
  • sorter - recyclable materials
  • upholsterer helper

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

Shifts at various hours of the day or on a part-time basis is common. Movement to machine operator positions is possible with experience and there is movement among jobs in this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,440

employed in 2016

75.3%

employed full-time

1.0%

self employed

29.9%
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70.1%
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39.2

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?

27.7%

Halifax

23.2%

North Shore

19.4%

Southern

15.2%

Annapolis Valley

14.5%

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

38.7%

Manufacturing

17.5%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

17.0%

Wholesale trade

4.2%

Retail trade

4.2%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

24.0%

15-24

20.0%

35-44

18.0%

25-34

17.0%

55-64

17.0%

45-54

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

42.0%

High school

$22,076 median annual income
27.8%

Less than high school

$20,381 median annual income
16.0%

College certificate or diploma

$23,658 median annual income
11.1%

Trades certificate

$30,258 median annual income
2.4%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

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 certificate or diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trades certificate

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor's degree

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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