Botanists study the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and ecology of plants.

Specialisations: Plant Pathologist, Plant Physiologist, Plant Taxonomist.

A bachelor degree in science majoring in botany, plant science or a related field is needed to work as a Botanist. Many Botanists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Investigates the effects of environmental factors, such as rainfall, temperature, sunlight, soil, topography and disease, on plant growth.

All Life Scientists

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

Botanists

  • 650 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 44% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Botanists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 860 in 2011 to 650 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Botanists work in many parts of Australia. Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, 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 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 44% 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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services41.0
Public Administration and Safety21.7
Education and Training15.6
Arts and Recreation Services9.7
Other Industries12.0

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.
StateBotanistsAll Jobs Average
NSW18.831.6
VIC17.225.6
QLD25.020.0
SA6.97.0
WA18.810.8
TAS3.82.0
NT2.51.0
ACT7.01.9

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 BracketBotanistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-242.7-9.39.3
25-3418.8-22.922.9
35-4426.0-22.022.0
45-5423.7-21.621.6
55-5914.1-9.09.0
60-648.4-6.06.0
65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationBotanistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate52.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.5-21.121.1
Year 122.2-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in science majoring in botany, plant science or a related field is needed to work as a Botanist. Many Botanists complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Australasian Systematic Botany Society may be useful.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    78% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    71% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

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

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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, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.

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Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Unstructured work

    89% Important

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

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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, 19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists.

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