The number of people working as Medical Laboratory Scientists (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 24,200 in 2018 to 25,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,400 a year).
- Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Medical Laboratory Scientists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
- Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Education and Training.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,871 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 71% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Medical Laboratory Scientists.