Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

This image shows that there were 1,023,300 people employed in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry at November 2015, up 7.0% since 2014 and up 20.3% since 2010. 18% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry is projected to grow by 14.8% over the next 5 years.
1,023,300
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
7.0 since 2014
20.3 since 2010
Projected to increase by 14.8% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Accountants 94,800 188,100
Software and Applications Programmers 54,300 98,300
Solicitors 50,300 67,700
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)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 59%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 20%. No post-school qualification 17%. Other qualification 4%.

Age profile, Professional Scientific and Technical Services (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry.  15-24 years 10%. 25-34 years 28%. 35-44 years 26%. 45-54 years 19%. Aged 55 years and over 17%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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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