Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals includes occupations such as Conservators, Metallurgists, Meteorologists and Physicists.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed and most workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Conservators may not need a formal qualification if they have at least 5 years of relevant experience. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • plans and organises the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions
  • researches, develops, controls and provides advice on processes used in extracting metals from their ores, and processes used for casting, alloying, heat treating or welding refined metals, alloys and other materials to produce commercial metal products or develop new alloys and processes. Registration or licensing may be required
  • studies the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere to increase understanding of weather and climate, and to forecast changes in the weather and long-term climatic trends
  • studies matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and the interrelationship between these physical phenomena to further understanding of the laws governing the behaviour of the universe, and seeks to apply these laws to solve practical problems and discover new information about the earth and the universe.

Job Titles

  • Conservator
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Physicist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals
  • Conservator

    Plans and organises the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions.

    Specialisations: Veterinary Parasitologist, Veterinary Pathologist

  • Metallurgist

    Researches, develops, controls and provides advice on processes used in extracting metals from their ores, and processes used for casting, alloying, heat treating or welding refined metals, alloys and other materials to produce commercial metal products or develop new alloys and processes. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Art Conservator

  • Meteorologist

    Studies the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere to increase understanding of weather and climate, and to forecast changes in the weather and long-term climatic trends.

    Specialisations: Hydrometallurgical Engineer, Metallographer, Pyrometallurgical Engineer, Radiological Metallurgist

  • Physicist

    Studies matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and the interrelationship between these physical phenomena to further understanding of the laws governing the behaviour of the universe, and seeks to apply these laws to solve practical problems and discover new information about the earth and the universe.

    Specialisations: Climatologist, Weather Forecaster

  • Exercise Physiologist

    Assesses, plans and implements exercise programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases and injuries, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer and arthritis, and assists in restoring optimal physical function, health and wellness.

    Specialisations: Astronomer, Medical Physicist

  • Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    Includes Materials Scientist, Metrologist, Polymer Scientist, Respiratory Scientist, Sleep Scientist

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,765 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    8600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    63.0%
  • Female Share

    37.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    81.6%

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This is a small occupation employing 8600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,765 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20055300
20063800
20074600
20087300
20096100
20109900
20119500
20126600
20136500
20147800
20158600
20208300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsOther Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings17651230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-time81.668.4
Part-time18.431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.540

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance27.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services18.2
Public Administration and Safety11.9
Arts and Recreation Services10.9
Other Industries31.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOther Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW35.431.8
VIC25.425.5
QLD12.319.8
SA8.36.8
WA14.211.2
TAS22
NT0.61.1
ACT1.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOther Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-248-9.99.9
25-3439.9-23.423.4
35-4415.9-21.721.7
45-5417.9-21.121.1
55-594-8.78.7
60-647.4-5.95.9
65 and Over6.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males63Males53.6
Females37Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed and most workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Conservators may not need a formal qualification if they have at least 5 years of relevant experience. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Physics

    90% Important

    Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

  2. Engineering and Technology

    89% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Chemistry

    89% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

  4. Mathematics

    86% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English Language

    79% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Analyzing Data or Information

    90% Important

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  3. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    88% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Interacting With Computers

    87% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  5. Thinking Creatively

    87% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

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