Wholesalers do not usually have a shopfront to sell their items; they are the middle step between producers and retailers. Wholesale Trade is one of the smaller employing industries, with employment mainly located in the capital cities along Australia’s east coast.
Top Employing Occupations
|Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks|
|Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers|
|Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers|
|Technical Sales Representatives|
|General Sales Assistants|
|Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists|
|Advertising and Marketing Professionals|
Despite its relatively small size, Wholesale Trade has opportunities across many occupations, with most jobs being for Managers, Clerical and Administrative Workers, Sales Workers and Machinery Operators and Drivers. While more than 40% of this workforce does not have post-school qualifications, only a small share of this industry are younger workers (9% are aged 15 to 24 years).
Although entry level opportunities exist in every industry, positions in Wholesale Trade may be better suited to older job seekers who possess the practical experience employers seek.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.