Geotechnical Engineers plan, direct and conduct survey work to analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures, and design above and below ground foundations.

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering is needed to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. Many Geotechnical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Obtains soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and tests samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determines the safe load for the soil.

    All Civil Engineering Professionals

    • $1,962 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Geotechnical Engineers

    • 1,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 14% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Geotechnical Engineers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,300 in 2011 to 1,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Geotechnical Engineers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Mining; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Civil Engineering Professionals in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Civil Engineering Professionals.

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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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services69.9
    Mining19.9
    Construction5.0
    Public Administration and Safety2.5
    Other Industries2.7

    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.
    StateGeotechnical EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.431.6
    VIC20.625.6
    QLD20.920.0
    SA2.57.0
    WA21.510.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.91.9

    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 BracketGeotechnical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-247.4-9.39.3
    25-3439.0-22.922.9
    35-4428.8-22.022.0
    45-5413.7-21.621.6
    55-594.4-9.09.0
    60-644.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationGeotechnical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate48.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree46.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.4-21.121.1
    Year 123.1-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering is needed to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. Many Geotechnical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and technology

      83% Skill level

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

    2. Technical design

      74% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Mathematics

      72% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Physics

      60% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. Production and processing

      59% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    2. Electronic mail

      96% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      90% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Unstructured work

      90% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    5. Contact with people

      88% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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