Emergency Medicine Specialists provide diagnostic medical services, and manage patients with acute and urgent illness and injury.

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and complete further training with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine before you can specialise as an Emergency Medicine Specialist.

    Tasks

    • Examines patients for injuries, diseases and disorders and carries out a range of specialist tests and procedures.
    • May administer drugs as required.
    • Arranges patients admissions.

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    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Emergency Medicine Specialists

    • 2,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 45% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Emergency Medicine Specialists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,800 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Emergency Medicine Specialists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 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: 45% 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 Assistance98.4
    Public Administration and Safety1.2
    Mining0.1
    Education and Training0.1
    Other Industries0.2

    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.
    StateEmergency Medicine SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.131.6
    VIC22.525.6
    QLD24.220.0
    SA6.17.0
    WA11.110.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT1.81.0
    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 BracketEmergency Medicine SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.1-9.39.3
    25-3440.6-22.922.9
    35-4432.4-22.022.0
    45-5419.0-21.621.6
    55-595.1-9.09.0
    60-641.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationEmergency Medicine SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree72.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and complete further training with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine before you can specialise as an Emergency Medicine Specialist.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

    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 Other Medical Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      89% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      74% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      71% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Medicine and Dentistry

      70% Skill level

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

    5. English Language

      69% Skill level

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

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    1. Impact of Decisions

      97% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

    2. Physical Proximity

      97% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    3. Work With Work Group or Team

      97% Important

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

    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      96% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      96% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

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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, 29-2041.00 - Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

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