General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries, recommend preventative action and refer patients to specialist Medical Practitioners, other health care workers, and social, welfare and support workers.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • conducting examinations and questioning patients to determine the nature of disorders and illnesses, and recording patients' medical information
  • ordering laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures, and interpreting findings to assist in diagnosis
  • providing overall care for patients, and prescribing and administering treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • monitoring patients' progress and response to treatment
  • advising on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention and treatment of disease and disorders
  • referring patients to, and exchanging medical information with, specialist Medical Practitioners
  • reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • arranging the admission of patients to hospitals

Job Titles

  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • General Practitioner (also called General Medical Practitioner)

    Diagnoses, treats and prevents human physical and mental disorders and injuries. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Medical Officer (Navy)

  • Resident Medical Officer

    Diagnoses, treats and prevents human physical and mental disorders and injuries under the supervision of medical specialists or senior general practitioners. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Intensive Care Anaesthetist, Obstetric Anaesthetist, Pain Management Specialist

Fast Facts

  • $1,850 Weekly Pay
  • 60,400 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 79.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.3 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 49.2% female Gender Share

The number of General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 60,400 in 2018 to 67,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 21,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,850 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (79.5%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 49.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200839700
200941200
201041600
201146200
201248400
201351900
201460300
201554600
201661300
201767500
201860400
202367800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsGeneral Practitioners and Resident Medical OfficersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings18501230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance98.5
Public Administration and Safety0.9
Education and Training0.5
Other Services0.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGeneral Practitioners and Resident Medical OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.731.6
VIC23.226.2
QLD22.519.7
SA7.86.7
WA10.910.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.41.1
ACT1.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGeneral Practitioners and Resident Medical OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-242.3-9.99.9
25-3430.2-23.623.6
35-4427.5-21.721.7
45-5418.7-20.820.8
55-598.3-8.88.8
60-647.8-6.06.0
65 and Over5.2-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationGeneral Practitioners and Resident Medical OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate36.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree61.6-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV1.7-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and who are flexible and adaptable.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    100% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  2. Psychology

    93% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    89% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Biology

    88% Important

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

  5. Therapy and Counseling

    86% Important

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Documenting/Recording Information

    96% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  2. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    91% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Assisting and Caring for Others

    89% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    86% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1062.00 - Family and General Practitioners.

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