Laboratory Managers manage the operations of research or production laboratories.
Identifies and develops objectives, strategies and plans to achieve research aims and maximise efficient use of an organisation's resources, including identifying potential improvements to research processes, market value of research and work flows.
Identifies formal standards and regulatory codes appropriate to an organisation's needs and assists with the documentation of processes and operating procedures.
Implements statistical methodologies and quality tools to monitor and control quality and record research progress.
Directs and monitors staff and production levels.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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Earnings and hours
Around 88% of people employed as Laboratory Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Laboratory Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 67% of Laboratory Managers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Outer East
- Melbourne - West
- Perth - South East
- Melbourne - South East
- Australian Capital Territory.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Laboratory Managers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 44% of the workforce. This is 4 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Laboratory Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in a related field (like chemical science, medical science or laboratory technology) and relevant experience is usually needed to work as a Laboratory Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Laboratory Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||28.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.4||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Other Specialist Managers who have strong leadership skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and strong interpersonal skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
61%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
55%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
50%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
46%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
81%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
64%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
61%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
59%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
58%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
54%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
51%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
44%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
40%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
28%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
21%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Communicate by speaking.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
52%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
50%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
48%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
77%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
76%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
74%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
72%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
72%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
70%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
69%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
69%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
68%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
67%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
64%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
62%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
58%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
56%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
55%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
55%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
55%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
52%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
49%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
100%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
Work with people in a group or team.
99%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
94%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
94%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
91%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
90%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
89%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
89%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
89%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
88%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
87%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
87%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
85%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work to strict deadlines.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
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