Herbalists (Western) utilise plants and plant based material to create medicines to help prevent or treat various illnesses.

    You usually need a bachelor degree, diploma or advanced diploma in health science to work as a Herbalist (Western). Herbalists (Western) often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

    Tasks

    • Interviews clients to work out their needs.
    • Treats emotional, psychological and physical imbalances of the body, using natural techniques and diagnostic methods.
    • Monitors and corrects imbalances in the body using herbal supplements.
    • Records clients' weight and measurements.
    • Instructs clients on the use of herbal supplements.

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    Herbalists (Western)

    • 150 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 35% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 55 years Average age
    • 82% female Gender Share

    This is an emerging occupation, included in the Australian Census for the first time in 2016

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Herbalists (Western) work in New South Wales.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Health Care and Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (35%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 55 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (80%).
    • Gender: 82% 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 Assistance84.0
    Retail Trade11.5
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.3
    Education and Training2.3

    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.
    StateHerbalists (Western)All Jobs Average
    NSW71.831.6
    VIC7.025.6
    QLD12.020.0
    SA4.97.0
    WA4.210.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketHerbalists (Western)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.0-9.39.3
    25-342.1-22.922.9
    35-4417.9-22.022.0
    45-5426.2-21.621.6
    55-5918.6-9.09.0
    60-6420.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over15.2-4.24.2

    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 QualificationHerbalists (Western)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree38.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma57.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 122.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree, diploma or advanced diploma in health science to work as a Herbalist (Western). Herbalists (Western) often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

    Membership with the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate

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    Employers look for Personal Care Consultants who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

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    1. Psychology

      81% Skill level

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

    2. Medicine and dentistry

      80% Skill level

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

    3. Therapy and counselling

      80% Skill level

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

    4. Biology

      71% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and personal service

      67% Skill level

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

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    1. Contact with people

      99% Important

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

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Frequent decision making

      96% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    5. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

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