Other Life Scientists includes jobs like Anatomist, Animal Behaviourist, Neuroscientist, Parasitologist, Pharmacologist (Non-clinical), Physiologist, and Toxicologist.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    Tasks

    • Designs and conducts experiments, makes observations and measurements, researches information, analyses data, prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers, presents findings at scientific meetings and conferences, and may supervise the work of staff.
    • Studies the forms and structures of parasites and toxins by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination.
    • Investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms.
    • Examines objects of interest and uses the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes.

    All Life Scientists

    • $1,794 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Other Life Scientists

    • 1,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 70% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 63% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Life Scientists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 660 in 2011 to 1,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Other Life Scientists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (70%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 63% 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 Services26.6
    Health Care and Social Assistance23.3
    Education and Training21.0
    Public Administration and Safety15.3
    Other Industries13.8

    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.
    StateOther Life ScientistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.931.6
    VIC32.125.6
    QLD17.420.0
    SA7.47.0
    WA8.210.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT3.91.9

    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 BracketOther Life ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-245.0-9.39.3
    25-3435.0-22.922.9
    35-4430.8-22.022.0
    45-5416.9-21.621.6
    55-595.5-9.09.0
    60-643.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther Life ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate48.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree40.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.1-21.121.1
    Year 123.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

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    Employers look for Life 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. Biology

      83% Skill level

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

    2. Chemistry

      73% Skill level

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

    3. English Language

      72% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      65% Skill level

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

    Occupational Information Network
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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, 19-1042.00 - Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists.

    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. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Being Exact or Accurate

      96% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

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

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      95% Important

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

    5. Work With Work Group or Team

      95% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    Occupational Information Network
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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, 19-1042.00 - Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists.

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