Medical Technicians operate anaesthetic, cardiac, operating theatre and medical testing equipment, perform and assist with laboratory tests, and fill prescriptions in support of Health Professionals.
operating equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
undertaking and assisting with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted
preparing and staining slides and tissue sections to study the cells of blood and for histological examination
performing diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analysing the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
testing for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
setting up, checking and maintaining operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
referring prescriptions to Pharmacists and assisting in preparing medications
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow very strongly
- is likely to reach 42,400 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 53% of people employed as Medical Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 13 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,178 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,060
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,462
Median hourly earnings are $31, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Medical Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Medical Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 61% of Medical Technicians live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
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 Medical Technicians is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 79% of the workforce. This is 31 percentage points above 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||Medical Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.8||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 formal qualification in a relevant field is usually needed to work as a Medical Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Health Industry and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Medical Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||6.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.5||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 Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Teaching people how to do something.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
39%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
61%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
54%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
46%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
45%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
33%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
28%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
26%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
19%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
18%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
80%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
76%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
76%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
73%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
71%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
69%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
65%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
65%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
64%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
63%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
62%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
62%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
61%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
59%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
58%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
56%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
52%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
49%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
47%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
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.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
Talk with people face-to-face.
98%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
97%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
95%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk on the telephone.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
87%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Work with people in a group or team.
Use electronic mail.
81%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
78%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
78%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work to strict deadlines.
75%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
74%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
72%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
72%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.