Medical Technicians operate anaesthetic, cardiac, operating theatre and medical testing equipment, perform and assist with laboratory tests, and fill prescriptions in support of Health Professionals.

    You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Medical Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Medical Technicians.

    Tasks

    • operating equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
    • undertaking and assisting with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
    • recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted
    • preparing and staining slides and tissue sections to study the cells of blood and for histological examination
    • performing diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analysing the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
    • testing for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
    • setting up, checking and maintaining operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
    • referring prescriptions to Pharmacists and assisting in preparing medications

    All Medical Technicians

    • $1,159 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 26,400 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 79% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Medical Technicians (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 26,400 in 2018 to 26,500 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 17,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Medical Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,159 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (53%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 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: 79% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200820900
    200920500
    201025400
    201124100
    201227700
    201326500
    201427700
    201528700
    201632600
    201731000
    201826400
    202326500

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsMedical TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11591460

    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 Assistance77.0
    Retail Trade15.1
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.0
    Manufacturing1.8
    Other Industries4.1

    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 TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.231.6
    VIC26.525.6
    QLD19.720.0
    SA7.67.0
    WA11.910.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.41.9

    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 BracketMedical TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-249.2-9.39.3
    25-3423.8-22.922.9
    35-4422.5-22.022.0
    45-5423.7-21.621.6
    55-5910.9-9.09.0
    60-646.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMedical TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree23.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV29.1-21.121.1
    Year 1213.7-18.118.1
    Year 113.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.5-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Medical Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Medical Technicians.

    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.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Health Industry and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Chemistry

      63% Skill level

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

    2. Biology

      62% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      61% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      59% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. English Language

      56% Skill level

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

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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, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.

    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. Face-to-Face Discussions

      99% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      98% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      97% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      95% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    5. Telephone

      93% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    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, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.

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