Other Science Technicians
Other Science Technicians includes jobs like Calibration Technician, Fibre Technologist, Optics Technical Officer, Physics Technical Officer, and Textile Technical Officer.
Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
Collects information and samples.
Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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, Science Technicians, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 71% of people employed as Other Science Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 5 percentage points above 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||Other Science Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 65% of Other Science Technicians live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their 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 Other Science Technicians is 44 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 35% of the workforce. This is 13 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||Other Science Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.9||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
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Other Science Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||9.6||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 Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
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.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
50%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
48%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Fixing machines or systems.
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.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
69%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
68%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
49%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
40%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.
37%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
35%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
32%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
27%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
27%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
23%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
22%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..
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
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.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
48%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
68%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
66%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
65%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
61%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
60%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
60%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
59%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
58%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
57%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
55%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
55%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
54%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
53%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
52%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
50%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
49%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
47%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
45%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use 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.
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.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
90%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
89%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
87%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk on the telephone.
Work to strict deadlines.
77%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
76%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Work with people in a group or team.
73%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
72%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
71%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
69%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
65%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
64%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
63%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
63%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
62%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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