Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere)
Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere) includes jobs like Genetic Counsellor.
Works with patients on areas of concern in regards to genetics.
Provides information and resources to assist patients.
Assesses client needs in relation to treatment.
Conducts counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups.
Arranges the admission of patients to hospitals.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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, Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 58% of people employed as Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 8 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).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere) work in the Health care and social assistance industry. They are also employed in industries like:
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration and safety
- Education and training.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
Around 80% of Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health 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.
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 Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere) 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 78% of the workforce. This is 30 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||Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.5||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.
- 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 VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Genetic Counsellors (and Other Health Professionals not covered elsewhere)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||61.9||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 Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Talking to others.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Looking for ways to help people.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
75%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
72%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
65%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
64%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
60%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
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.
48%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
43%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
43%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
36%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
34%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
30%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
19%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
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.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
57%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).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
45%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
87%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
86%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
80%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
75%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
74%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
71%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
70%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
69%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
68%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
67%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
66%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
66%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
65%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
65%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
62%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
61%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
53%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
52%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
50%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
43%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.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
93%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
89%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
86%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
86%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
83%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
81%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
81%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work to strict deadlines.
75%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
65%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
58%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
57%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
55%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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