Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists study the chemical and physical properties of substances, develop and monitor chemical processes and production, develop new and improve existing food products, and plan and coordinate the production of wine and spirits.

    A bachelor degree in a relevant field is needed to work as a Chemist, and Food or Wine Scientist. Some Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • conducting experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances and processed materials
    • analysing and conducting research to develop theories, techniques and processes, and testing the reliability of outcomes under different conditions
    • developing practical applications of experimental and research findings
    • testing food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content
    • advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods
    • developing quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products
    • examining grape samples to assess ripeness, sugar and acid content, and determining suitability for processing
    • coordinating winemaking processes, directing workers in testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices, and fortifying, clarifying, maturing and finishing wines
    • blending wines according to formulae and knowledge of winemaking techniques

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    All Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

    • $1,979 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 8,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 40% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 8,700 in 2018 to 9,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and South Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,979 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 40% 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
    200811500
    20099200
    20108600
    201111300
    201211600
    201310200
    20147400
    20158800
    201611100
    20178100
    20188700
    20239300

    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.
    EarningsChemists, and Food and Wine ScientistsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings19791460

    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)
    Manufacturing54.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16.4
    Retail Trade6.2
    Public Administration and Safety4.8
    Other Industries18.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateChemists, and Food and Wine ScientistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.631.6
    VIC33.225.6
    QLD12.020.0
    SA13.37.0
    WA10.510.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketChemists, and Food and Wine ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.4-5.05.0
    20-244.4-9.39.3
    25-3427.6-22.922.9
    35-4427.0-22.022.0
    45-5421.1-21.621.6
    55-598.2-9.09.0
    60-645.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationChemists, and Food and Wine ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree56.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.0-21.121.1
    Year 127.0-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.5-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in a relevant field is needed to work as a Chemist, and Food or Wine Scientist. Some Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology or the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology may be useful.

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    Employers look for Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Chemistry

      87% Skill level

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

    2. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Production and Processing

      55% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    4. Engineering and Technology

      55% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Education and Training

      54% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      98% Important

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

    2. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      94% Important

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

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

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

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      92% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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