Natural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere) include jobs like Materials Scientist, Metrologist, Polymer Scientist, Respiratory Scientist, and Sleep Scientist.

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

    Tasks

    • Conducts experiments to test pre-existing theories and come up with new theories.
    • Designs and tests experiment equipment.
    • Tests and processes minerals for their elements.
    • Writes up reports on experiments undertaken.
    • May supervise staff.
    • May write papers for scientific journals.

    More about Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    • $2,094 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Natural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere)

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 66% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 53% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Natural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,400 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Natural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere) work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (66%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 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: 53% 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 Assistance52.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.9
    Public Administration and Safety10.7
    Education and Training9.1
    Other Industries13.7

    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.
    StateNatural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere)All Jobs Average
    NSW23.731.6
    VIC32.225.6
    QLD18.020.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA16.210.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT0.01.0
    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 BracketNatural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-247.9-9.39.3
    25-3434.0-22.922.9
    35-4424.8-22.022.0
    45-5417.9-21.621.6
    55-597.1-9.09.0
    60-644.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationNatural and Physical Science Professionals (not covered elsewhere)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate38.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree46.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.8-21.121.1
    Year 123.8-18.118.1
    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 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.

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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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    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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