Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals includes occupations such as Conservators, Metallurgists, Meteorologists and Physicists.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a related field to work as an Other Natural or Physical Science Professional. Some Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • plans and organises the conservation of materials and objects in libraries, archives, museums, art galleries and other institutions
    • researches, develops, controls and provides advice on processes used in extracting metals from their ores, and processes used for casting, alloying, heat treating or welding refined metals, alloys and other materials to produce commercial metal products or develop new alloys and processes. Registration or licensing may be required
    • studies the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere to increase understanding of weather and climate, and to forecast changes in the weather and long-term climatic trends
    • studies matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and the interrelationship between these physical phenomena to further understanding of the laws governing the behaviour of the universe, and seeks to apply these laws to solve practical problems and discover new information about the earth and the universe.

    More about Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    • $2,094 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 12,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 41% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 12,600 in 2018 to 14,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,094 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, 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 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 41% 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
    20085400
    20098200
    20106000
    201111400
    20128000
    20135300
    20147900
    20158600
    20169100
    20178500
    201812600
    202314700

    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.
    EarningsOther Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings20941460

    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 Assistance39.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16.9
    Public Administration and Safety9.8
    Education and Training8.6
    Other Industries25.3

    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 Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.731.6
    VIC24.325.6
    QLD16.820.0
    SA7.67.0
    WA15.710.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT1.21.0
    ACT5.41.9

    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 Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-249.4-9.39.3
    25-3439.2-22.922.9
    35-4422.5-22.022.0
    45-5415.9-21.621.6
    55-595.9-9.09.0
    60-643.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.3-4.24.2

    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 Natural and Physical Science ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate47.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree43.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.8-21.121.1
    Year 122.6-18.118.1
    Year 110.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.4-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a related field to work as an Other Natural or Physical Science Professional. Some Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals complete postgraduate studies.

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    Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 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. Engineering and Technology

      86% Skill level

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

    2. Mathematics

      83% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Chemistry

      83% Skill level

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

    4. Physics

      81% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. English Language

      67% Skill level

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

    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, 19-2032.00 - Materials Scientists.

    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

      99% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

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

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

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

    4. Telephone

      88% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      85% Important

      How much freedom do you have 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, 19-2032.00 - Materials Scientists.

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