Laboratory Managers manage the operations of research or production laboratories.

    Relevant work experience and a formal qualification in chemical or medical science, laboratory technology or another related field are both generally needed to work as a Laboratory Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Laboratory Managers.

    Tasks

    • Identifies and develops objectives, strategies and plans to achieve research aims and maximise efficient use of an organisation's resources, including identifying potential improvements to research processes, market value of research and work flows.
    • Identifies formal standards and regulatory codes appropriate to an organisation's needs and assists with the documentation of processes and operating procedures.
    • Implements statistical methodologies and quality tools to monitor and control quality and record research progress.
    • Directs and monitors staff and production levels.

    All Other Specialist Managers

    • $2,259 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Laboratory Managers

    • 2,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 44% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Laboratory Managers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Laboratory Managers 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: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
    • Gender: 44% 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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services27.5
    Education and Training23.0
    Health Care and Social Assistance19.2
    Manufacturing14.0
    Other Industries16.3

    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.
    StateLaboratory ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.931.6
    VIC26.525.6
    QLD18.620.0
    SA8.97.0
    WA11.810.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT2.81.9

    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 BracketLaboratory ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.6-9.39.3
    25-3418.7-22.922.9
    35-4427.4-22.022.0
    45-5429.7-21.621.6
    55-5912.8-9.09.0
    60-647.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationLaboratory ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate28.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree39.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.3-21.121.1
    Year 125.1-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.4-12.512.5

    Relevant work experience and a formal qualification in chemical or medical science, laboratory technology or another related field are both generally needed to work as a Laboratory Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Laboratory Managers.

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    Employers look for Other Specialist Managers who have strong leadership skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

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    1. Education and Training

      81% Skill level

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

    2. Clerical

      68% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    3. Chemistry

      66% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and Management

      64% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Mathematics

      62% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

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    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      100% Important

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    4. Telephone

      100% Important

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    5. Work With Work Group or Team

      99% Important

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