Other Social Professionals
Other Social Professionals includes jobs like Anthropologist, Criminologist, Geographer, Heritage Consultant, Linguist, Parole Board Member, Political Scientist, Sociologist, and Transport Analyst.
Assembles historical data by consulting sources of information such as historical indexes and catalogues, archives, court records, diaries, newspaper files and other materials.
Organises, authenticates, evaluates and interprets historical, political, sociological, anthropological and linguistic data.
Undertakes historical and cultural research into human activity, and prepares and presents research findings.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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Earnings and hours
Around 54% of people employed as Other Social Professionals work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 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.
Other Social Professionals work in industries like:
- Education and training
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration and safety
- Health care and social assistance.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Other Social Professionals||All Jobs Average|
Around 76% of Other Social Professionals live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Australian Capital Territory
- Sydney - City and Inner South
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Melbourne - West.
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 Social Professionals is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 60% of the workforce. This is 12 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||Other Social Professionals||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||7.6||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
This group includes jobs that might have different study pathways. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.
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- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Other Social Professionals||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||44.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||4.8||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 Social Professionals who have good leadership and planning skills, with a strong ability to communicate.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
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.
Teaching people how to do something.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
54%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
95%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
84%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
68%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
63%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
58%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
56%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
56%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
52%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
50%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
38%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
23%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
21%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
19%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
50%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
See details that are far away.
Do two or more things at the same time.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
90%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
88%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
86%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
84%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
84%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
82%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
79%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
75%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
75%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
72%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
71%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
70%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
70%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
69%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
68%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
66%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
62%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
55%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
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.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
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.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
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.
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.
Use electronic mail.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
95%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Talk with people face-to-face.
88%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
84%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
78%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
76%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk to a group of people.
75%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk on the telephone.
Work with people in a group or team.
67%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
64%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
62%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
58%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
56%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
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