Biologists study the origin, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour of living organisms and the ways in which they interact with the environment in which they live.

    A bachelor degree in a related science field is needed to work as a Biologist. Many Biologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Designs and conducts experiments, makes observations and measurements, researches information, analyses data, prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers, presents findings at scientific meetings and conferences, and supervises the work of staff.
    • Studies the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination.
    • Investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms.
    • Examines micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and use the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes.

    All Life Scientists

    • $1,794 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Biologists

    • 290 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 49% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Biologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 270 in 2011 to 290 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Biologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 49% 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)
    Education and Training58.1
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services26.4
    Public Administration and Safety6.8
    Arts and Recreation Services3.8
    Other Industries4.9

    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.
    StateBiologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.831.6
    VIC19.925.6
    QLD24.520.0
    SA8.27.0
    WA13.110.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT2.11.0
    ACT6.41.9

    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 BracketBiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.9-9.39.3
    25-3436.7-22.922.9
    35-4429.7-22.022.0
    45-5417.0-21.621.6
    55-597.8-9.09.0
    60-643.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate67.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree30.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 122.3-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in a related science field is needed to work as a Biologist. Many Biologists complete postgraduate studies.

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    Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Biology

      85% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    2. Mathematics

      72% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Chemistry

      71% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    4. English language

      69% Skill level

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

    5. Computers and electronics

      57% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      98% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Telephone

      97% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      89% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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