Top 5 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Software and Applications Programmers||54,300||98,300|
|Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators||27,200||46,500|
|Management and Organisation Analysts||25,100||66,100|
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is Australia’s fourth largest employing industry, with 9% of the national workforce. It includes firms providing a diverse range of activities, such as legal and accounting services, veterinary services and computer system design.
This industry (with Health Care and Social Assistance) recorded the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to November 2015 (up by 20.3% or 173,000). Strong, albeit more moderate, growth is expected to continue over the five years to November 2020 (up by 14.8% compared with 8.3% for all industries).
This industry is highly skilled with four in five workers holding a post-school qualification. Universities are the main contributors of skills, with 59% of workers holding a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Consistent with this, more than half the jobs in the industry (and the top five occupations) are for Professionals.
Employment is concentrated in capital cities (just 18% of jobs are in regional areas), but there are around 184,200 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services jobs in regional locations.
Relatively few workers in this industry are young (10% are aged 15 to 24 years) reflecting, in part, the time taken to gain relevant qualifications.
Educational attainment, Professional Scientific and Technical Services (% of industry total)
Age profile, Professional Scientific and Technical Services (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification