Other Engineering Professionals includes occupations such as Aeronautical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Biomedical Engineers, Engineering Technologists, Environmental Engineers and Naval Architects.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • performs and supervises engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight
  • performs and supervises engineering work related to the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment
  • applies knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease
  • analyses and modifies new and existing engineering technologies and applies them in the testing and implementation of engineering projects
  • assesses the impact on air, water, soil and noise levels in the vicinity of engineering projects, plans and designs equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material, and assesses what may cause problems for the environment in the long-term. Registration or licensing is required
  • designs and oversees the construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures

Job Titles

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural or Natural Resources Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • Aeronautical Engineer

    Performs and supervises engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Aeronautical Engineering Officer (Navy), Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Engineer Officer - Aeronautical (Air Force), Aerospace Engineer Officer - Armament (Air Force), Aerospace Engineer Officer - Electronics (Air Force), Avionics Systems Engineer, Weapons Aeronautical Engineering Officer (Navy)

  • Agricultural or Natural Resources Engineer

    Performs and supervises engineering work related to the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Biomedical Engineer

    Applies knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Bioengineer, Clinical Engineer, Medical Engineer

  • Engineering Technologist

    Analyses and modifies new and existing engineering technologies and applies them in the testing and implementation of engineering projects. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Aeronautical Engineering Technologist, Agricultural Engineering Technologist, Biomedical Engineering Technologist, Chemical Engineering Technologist, Industrial Engineering Technologist, Mining Engineering Technologist

  • Environmental Engineer

    Assesses the impact on air, water, soil and noise levels in the vicinity of engineering projects, plans and designs equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material, and assesses what may cause problems for the environment in the long-term. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Naval Architect

    Designs and oversees the construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Other Engineering Professionals

    Includes Acoustic Engineer, Mechatronics Engineer, Product Design Engineer. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,953 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    6,700
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    77.9%
  • Female Share

    22.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    92.2%

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This is a very small occupation employing 6700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Strong growth 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 Engineering Professionals work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,953 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 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 8 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
20059000
20066800
20077600
200810700
20096800
20106700
20118100
20129400
20138300
20146600
20156700
20207300

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 Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings19531230

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 Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-time92.268.4
Part-time7.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.640.0

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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services32.8
Manufacturing31.7
Public Administration and Safety9.3
Health Care and Social Assistance5.7
Other Industries20.5

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 Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW34.631.8
VIC26.825.5
QLD13.219.8
SA4.96.8
WA16.311.2
TAS1.62.0
NT0.91.1
ACT1.71.8

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 Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-244.3-9.99.9
25-3433.9-23.423.4
35-4428.8-21.721.7
45-5424.2-21.121.1
55-593.6-8.78.7
60-644.8-5.95.9
65 and Over0.5-3.83.8

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 Engineering ProfessionalsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males77.9Males53.6
Females22.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOther Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate40.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree59.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0.0-18.918.9
Year 120.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may also 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 Engineering 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. Engineering and Technology

    90% Important

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

  2. Chemistry

    87% Important

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

  3. Mathematics

    87% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English Language

    85% Important

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

  5. Law and Government

    82% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

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Activities

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

  1. Analyzing Data or Information

    94% Important

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

  2. Checking Compliance with Standards

    92% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  3. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Interacting With Computers

    88% Important

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

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