Medical Oncologists investigate, diagnose and treat patients with cancer using chemotherapy and biological therapy.

    A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Medical Oncologist. Many Medical Oncologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Examines patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertakes laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
    • Analyses test results and other medical information to make diagnoses.
    • Prescribes and administers drugs, as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures.
    • Records medical information and data.
    • Reports specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities.
    • May admit or refer patients to hospitals.
    • May consult other medical specialists.

    All Specialist Physicians

    • $4,976 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Medical Oncologists

    • 690 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 46% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Medical Oncologists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 530 in 2011 to 690 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Medical Oncologists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 46% 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)
    Health Care and Social Assistance95.2
    Wholesale Trade1.0
    Retail Trade0.9
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.9
    Other Industries2.0

    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.
    StateMedical OncologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.231.6
    VIC35.025.6
    QLD17.720.0
    SA6.37.0
    WA6.810.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.31.9

    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 BracketMedical OncologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.4-9.39.3
    25-3418.4-22.922.9
    35-4438.6-22.022.0
    45-5426.0-21.621.6
    55-597.5-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMedical OncologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate47.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree51.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.4-21.121.1
    Year 120.7-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Medical Oncologist. Many Medical Oncologists complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians may also be needed to specialise.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Specialist Physicians who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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    1. Medicine and Dentistry

      90% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    2. Psychology

      87% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      86% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Therapy and Counseling

      81% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    5. English Language

      79% Skill level

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

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      98% Important

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      97% Important

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      96% Important

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