Earth Science Technicians collect and test earth and water samples, record observations and analyse data in support of Geologists or Geophysicists.

Also known as: Earth Science Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Earth Science Laboratory Technician, Geochemical Laboratory Technician, Geological Technical Officer, Geoscience Laboratory Technician, Hydrographical Technical Officer, Hydrological Technical Officer, Meteorological Observer, Seismology Technical Officer, Soil Science Technical Officer, Water Resources Technical Officer.

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in environmental science, environmental technology, laboratory technology or a related field is needed to work as an Earth Science Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Earth Science Technicians.

Tasks

  • Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
  • Collects information and samples.
  • Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
  • Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
  • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
  • Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
  • Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
  • Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Earth Science Technicians

  • 1,600 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 51 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 19% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Earth Science Technicians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Earth Science Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Mining; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 51 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 19% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Services48.8
Mining31.6
Construction5.7
Public Administration and Safety5.1
Other Industries8.8

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.
StateEarth Science TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW28.631.6
VIC10.925.6
QLD18.820.0
SA6.97.0
WA28.910.8
TAS2.62.0
NT1.51.0
ACT1.51.9

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 BracketEarth Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.0-5.05.0
20-2411.2-9.39.3
25-3431.7-22.922.9
35-4424.5-22.022.0
45-5416.7-21.621.6
55-597.0-9.09.0
60-644.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationEarth Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree23.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV25.2-21.121.1
Year 1219.5-18.118.1
Year 113.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.2-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in environmental science, environmental technology, laboratory technology or a related field is needed to work as an Earth Science Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Earth Science Technicians.

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Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    61% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Geography

    59% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  5. English Language

    55% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    95% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    95% Important

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  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    91% Important

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  4. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    84% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    83% Important

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

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