Other Science Technicians includes jobs like Calibration Technician, Fibre Technologist, Optics Technical Officer, Physics Technical Officer, and Textile Technical Officer.

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

    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

    Other Science Technicians

    • 1,300 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 35% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Science Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Other Science Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 35% 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 Services30.8
    Manufacturing15.5
    Public Administration and Safety13.4
    Mining5.4
    Other Industries34.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: 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 Science TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.031.6
    VIC29.825.6
    QLD16.620.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA15.910.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT1.91.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOther Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-246.2-9.39.3
    25-3420.0-22.922.9
    35-4423.0-22.022.0
    45-5426.2-21.621.6
    55-5910.8-9.09.0
    60-647.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: 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 Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree24.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV26.4-21.121.1
    Year 1212.7-18.118.1
    Year 112.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.5-12.512.5

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

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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. Engineering and technology

      69% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Computers and electronics

      68% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      66% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Mechanical

      66% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. Technical design

      60% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Electronic mail

      90% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      90% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      89% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      87% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

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