Nurse Researchers design, conduct and evaluate nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and promote the implementation of research findings into clinical nursing practice.
Undertakes and promotes nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and disseminates research information.
Promotes utilisation of current research findings into clinical nursing practice and patient management.
Promotes the implementation of research and research findings into organisation-wide functions such as safety, quality and risk management.
Provides support and education for other nurses undertaking research.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Nurse Educators and Researchers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 51% of people employed as Nurse Researchers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 15 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
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||Nurse Researchers||All Jobs Average|
Around 82% of Nurse Researchers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
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 Nurse Researchers is 47 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 94% of the workforce. This is 46 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||Nurse Researchers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.2||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 nursing and extensive nursing experience is usually needed to work as a Nurse Researcher. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Nurse Researchers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||37.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||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 Nurse Educators and Researchers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
61%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
54%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
50%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Looking for ways to help people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
41%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
60%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
55%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
47%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
43%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
42%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
34%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
28%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
25%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
24%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
16%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Do two or more things at the same time.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
90%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
83%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
82%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
81%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
81%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
80%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
78%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
77%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
74%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
71%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
70%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
69%Managing payments and orders
Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.
68%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
68%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
67%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
67%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
66%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
65%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
62%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
53%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
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.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
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.
Talk on the telephone.
Use electronic mail.
95%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
87%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
87%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
87%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
82%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
81%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Work to strict deadlines.
76%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
75%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
67%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
63%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
56%Physically close to people
Work physically close to 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, 11-9121.01 - Clinical Research Coordinators.