Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere)
Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere) includes jobs like Acoustic Engineer, Mechatronics Engineer, and Product Design Engineer.
Visits locations where projects are currently underway to monitor task completion and ensures that goals are being met.
Supervises the scope of large scale projects and assesses each worker’s contribution to the project.
Collaborates with the project management team to offer assistance with technical details for the design or development/building process.
Calculates the supply details for any materials and the labour requirements as well as determining the cost of everything to see if it falls within the budget of the project.
Researches potential risks and impacts from the scope of the project and develops a plan to address concerns.
Writes detailed summaries of project timelines, impact reports, requests for proposals and other written statements for stakeholders or the public.
Maintains optimal standards during project management, following all relevant federal, state, local and industry guidelines.
The NSC 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, Other Engineering Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
Around 82% of Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere) 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:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Melbourne - South East
- Melbourne - Outer East
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Melbourne - Inner South.
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 Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere) is 37 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 12% of the workforce. This is 36 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||Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.4||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. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.
Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Engineering Professionals (not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||27.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.6||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 Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
59%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Using maths to solve problems.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Designing and improving equipment and technology.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
88%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
76%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
68%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
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.
52%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
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.
39%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
37%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
35%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
33%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
33%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
30%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
48%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
See details that are far away.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
82%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
80%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.
72%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
71%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
68%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
66%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
65%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
63%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
62%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
59%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
53%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
52%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
52%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
51%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
50%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
49%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
95%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
Work with people in a group or team.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
88%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
86%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
82%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
81%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Work to strict deadlines.
73%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
70%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
68%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
68%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
67%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
65%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
63%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
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