Biotechnologists study the anatomy, physiology and characteristics of living organisms and isolated biological molecules, and develop new materials for applying to a range of purposes.

Specialisations: Cell Geneticist, Molecular Biologist, Molecular Geneticist.

A bachelor degree in science majoring in biotechnology, biomedical science or a related field is needed to work as a Biotechnologist. Many Biotechnologists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • 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 uses 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

Biotechnologists

  • 610 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 52% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Biotechnologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 650 in 2011 to 610 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Biotechnologists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 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: 52% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Training36.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services35.6
Health Care and Social Assistance13.4
Manufacturing5.6
Other Industries8.6

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.
StateBiotechnologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW19.931.6
VIC33.325.6
QLD25.120.0
SA7.47.0
WA8.610.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.01.0
ACT4.51.9

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 BracketBiotechnologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-245.5-9.39.3
25-3434.1-22.922.9
35-4431.6-22.022.0
45-5419.0-21.621.6
55-596.2-9.09.0
60-642.0-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

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 QualificationBiotechnologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate66.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree29.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.5-21.121.1
Year 121.2-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in science majoring in biotechnology, biomedical science or a related field is needed to work as a Biotechnologist. Many Biotechnologists complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with AusBiotech may be useful.

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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

    95% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    75% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    71% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1029.02 - Molecular and Cellular Biologists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Indoors, heat controlled

    100% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1029.02 - Molecular and Cellular Biologists.

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