Other Spatial Scientists acquire, integrate, analyse, interpret, present, manage and distribute information about locations in space and time, and develop related equipment, software and services.

Specialisations: Geographic Information Systems Manager.

You usually need a formal qualification in geographic information systems or other relevant field to work as an Other Spatial Scientist. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Other Spatial Scientists.

Tasks

  • Determines the position of points of interest on the earth's surface including marine floors, and preparing the final product data in digital form.
  • Supervises the preparation of plans, maps, charts and drawings to give pictorial representations and managing spatial information systems.
  • Undertakes research and development of surveying and photogrammetric measurement systems, cadastral systems and land information systems.
  • Plans and designing land subdivision projects and negotiating details with local governments and other authorities.
  • Advises other scientists relevant professionals on the technical requirements of surveying, mapping and spatial information systems.
  • Compiles and evaluating data, interpreting codes of practice, and writing reports concerning survey measurement, land use and tenure.
  • Prepares site plans and survey reports required for conveyancing and land ownership matters.
  • Evaluates, compiles and maintains spatial information using a range of digital and graphical source materials, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, historical data, reports and statistics.
  • Analyses and interprets data to design maps, graphs, plans, drawings and three-dimensional models using geographic information and related systems.
  • Develops and trials new applications for use in geographic information systems.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of surveying or spatial science technicians in the production and reproduction of geographic products.

More about Surveyors and Spatial Scientists

All Surveyors and Spatial Scientists

  • $1,958 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Other Spatial Scientists

  • 2,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 34% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Other Spatial Scientists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,800 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Other Spatial Scientists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 34% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety48.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services21.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.5
Mining5.2
Other Industries16.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOther Spatial ScientistsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.631.6
VIC18.225.6
QLD23.920.0
SA6.77.0
WA15.210.8
TAS3.22.0
NT1.11.0
ACT5.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOther Spatial ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-242.5-9.39.3
25-3424.9-22.922.9
35-4432.9-22.022.0
45-5423.5-21.621.6
55-598.9-9.09.0
60-645.7-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOther Spatial ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate28.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree39.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.7-21.121.1
Year 126.9-18.118.1
Year 111.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.9-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in geographic information systems or other relevant field to work as an Other Spatial Scientist. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Other Spatial Scientists.

Membership with The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Surveyors and Spatial Scientists who work well in a team, are motivated and organised.

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Knowledge

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  1. Geography

    98% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    81% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Mathematics

    73% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Education and Training

    71% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. English Language

    68% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    96% Important

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  3. Spend Time Sitting

    93% Important

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  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    92% Important

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  5. Telephone

    88% Important

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