Life Science Technicians identify and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.

Also known as: Life Science Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Biological Technical Officer, Botanical Technical Officer, Ecological Technical Officer, Environmental Technical Officer, Fisheries Technical Officer, Forestry Technical Officer, Forestry Technician, Wood Technologist, Zoology Technical Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in life science, laboratory technology or a related field to work as a Life Science Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Life Science Technicians.

Tasks

  • Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
  • Collects information and samples.
  • Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
  • Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
  • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
  • Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
  • Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
  • Participate in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Life Science Technicians

  • 2,400 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 61% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Life Science Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Life Science Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 61% 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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services28.6
Education and Training21.6
Health Care and Social Assistance12.2
Public Administration and Safety8.9
Other Industries28.7

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.
StateLife Science TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW23.731.6
VIC30.025.6
QLD19.020.0
SA7.77.0
WA12.110.8
TAS3.52.0
NT1.01.0
ACT3.01.9

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 BracketLife Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-2412.8-9.39.3
25-3434.1-22.922.9
35-4420.8-22.022.0
45-5417.3-21.621.6
55-597.4-9.09.0
60-644.5-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationLife Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree35.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.5-21.121.1
Year 1210.1-18.118.1
Year 112.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below5.3-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in life science, laboratory technology or a related field to work as a Life Science Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Life Science Technicians.

Thinking about study or training?

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

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  • 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 Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English language

    53% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    91% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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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, 19-4021.00 - Biological Technicians.

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