Wholesale Trade

Arrange the purchase or sale of goods for resale to other businesses and organisations

Overview

Businesses in the wholesale trade industry sell and distribute goods to other businesses (in both the private sector and the public sector) who will resell the goods.

Wholesale traders act as intermediaries in the distribution of merchandise. They sell (or arrange the purchase or sale of) goods for resale as well as raw and intermediate materials and supplies that are used in production.

Wholesaling is often characterised by high value and/or bulk volume transactions, and customers are generally reached through trade-specific contacts. Therefore, premises are not generally located or designed to attract a high proportion of walk-in customers, and usually include warehouses or large storage facilities, or offices with little or no display of goods.

Most jobs are in commission-based wholesaling, and include the sales of grocery items, liquor and tobacco, machinery and equipment, motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts, pharmaceutical and toiletry goods, textile, clothing and footwear, furniture and floor coverings.

Industry snapshot

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373,600

Employed people

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0.7%

Past growth

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0.8%

Future growth

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$1,274

Weekly earnings

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2.7%

Workforce share

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84.3%

Full-time share

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31.9%

Female share

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44

Average age

 

Industry Considerations
  • There are good entry level opportunities that do not require study after high school.
  • Most jobs in this industry are full-time.
  • Wholesale jobs are generally in capital cities.

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Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Marketing Specialist
Marketing Specialist

Marketing Specialists identify market opportunities and advise on the development, coordination and implementation of plans…

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Materials Recycler
Materials Recycler Materials Recyclers salvage materials from industrial, commercial and private establishments for resale.
Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Computer Network and Systems Engineer

Computer Network and Systems Engineers plan, develop, deploy, test and optimise network and system services, taking…

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$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Supply and Distribution Manager
Supply and Distribution Manager

Supply and Distribution Managers manage the supply, storage and distribution of goods produced by organisations.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Strong

Procurement Manager
Procurement Manager

Procurement Managers manage the procurement and purchasing of materials, products and services for organisations.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Strong

Business Broker
Business Broker

Business Brokers operate as independent agents in the buying and selling of businesses.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Strong

Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Manager

Quality Assurance Managers manage the deployment of quality systems and certification processes within organisations.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Delivery Driver
Delivery Driver

Drive vehicles to deliver goods and stock as scheduled.

Estimated pay
$1,010/week
Future demand
Strong

Accountant
Accountant

Provide accounting services to companies, organisations and individuals. Accountants prepare financial statements and forms…

Estimated pay
$1,660/week
Future demand
Strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Accountant (General)
Accountant (General)

Provide financial advice and services for individuals or businesses.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Strong

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Manager
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Manager

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate advertising, public relations…

Estimated pay
$2,224/week
Future demand
Strong

Electronics Engineer
Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineers design, develop, adapt, install, test and maintain electronic components, circuits and systems used for…

Estimated pay
$2,503/week
Future demand
Strong