Orthopaedic Surgeons perform surgery to treat muscular and skeletal diseases and injuries.

Specialisations: Laryngologist, Otologist, Rhinologist.

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before you can specialise as a Orthopaedic Surgeon. Many Orthopaedic Surgeons complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Examines patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimates and explains risks to patients, and selects the best operational procedures.
  • Reviews reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories.
  • Consults with anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients.
  • Performs surgical operations.
  • Examines instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed.
  • Instructs other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements.
  • Prescribes post-operative care, and observes and investigates patients' progress.
  • Maintains records of operations performed.
  • May specialise in particular types of operations.

All Surgeons

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 55 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Orthopaedic Surgeons (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 950 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Orthopaedic Surgeons work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 55 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
  • Gender: 8% 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 Assistance97.9
Wholesale Trade0.7
Public Administration and Safety0.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
Other Industries0.6

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.
StateOrthopaedic SurgeonsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.331.6
VIC22.225.6
QLD22.320.0
SA9.17.0
WA11.110.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.51.0
ACT1.81.9

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 BracketOrthopaedic SurgeonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.0-9.39.3
25-3415.4-22.922.9
35-4433.5-22.022.0
45-5425.4-21.621.6
55-599.3-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over10.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationOrthopaedic SurgeonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate46.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree53.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.3-21.121.1
Year 120.3-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before you can specialise as a Orthopaedic Surgeon. Many Orthopaedic Surgeons complete postgraduate studies.

Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is needed to work as a Neurosurgeon. Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons may be needed to specialise.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • be up to date with immunisations

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Employers look for Surgeons who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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Knowledge

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  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    97% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    79% Skill level

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

  4. Education and Training

    75% Skill level

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

  5. Biology

    73% Skill level

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

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  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    99% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  3. Physical Proximity

    98% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  4. Telephone

    97% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    97% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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