Thoracic Medicine Specialists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the human respiratory system.

Specialisations: Pulmonary Specialist, Respiratory Physician.

A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Thoracic Medicine Specialist. Many Thoracic Medicine Specialists 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

Thoracic Medicine Specialists

  • 190 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 56 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 39% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Thoracic Medicine Specialists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 160 in 2011 to 190 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Thoracic Medicine Specialists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 56 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: 39% 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)
Health Care and Social Assistance95.3
Wholesale Trade1.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.6
Public Administration and Safety1.6

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.
StateThoracic Medicine SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.631.6
VIC25.925.6
QLD22.220.0
SA7.47.0
WA11.610.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.01.0
ACT1.61.9

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 BracketThoracic Medicine SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.0-9.39.3
25-3412.8-22.922.9
35-4441.0-22.022.0
45-5426.6-21.621.6
55-597.4-9.09.0
60-645.3-6.06.0
65 and Over6.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationThoracic Medicine SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate43.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree56.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
Year 120.0-18.118.1
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 Thoracic Medicine Specialist. Many Thoracic Medicine Specialists 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

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

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

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    81% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Medicine and dentistry

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and electronics

    58% 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. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Disease or infection

    98% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  4. Contact with people

    97% Important

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

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    96% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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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, 29-1126.00 - Respiratory Therapists.

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