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Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services employs approximately 1,024,400 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 8.5 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 19.3 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 39 years and median earnings are around $1,476 per week (before tax) for full time employees. For more detailed information on the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry, please visit the  Data Tools channel.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - Aug 2016 ('000)

1,024.4

Employment Growth - Five years to Aug 2016 ('000)

165.8

Employment Growth - Five Years to Aug 2016 (%)

19.3

Male Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

58.9

Female Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

41.1

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

77.2

Average Full Time Hours - Year to Aug 2016

42

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2014 ($)

1,476

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 ('000)

151.2

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 (%)

14.8

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Female, Male and full time data are four quarter averages of original data; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2014; Department of Employment, 2016 employment projections, five years to November 2020.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2015)


Accountants

94,800

Software and Applications Programmers

54,300

Solicitors

50,300

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

28,400

Management and Organisation Analysts

25,100

Bookkeepers

24,700

Civil Engineering Professionals

23,100

Advertising and Marketing Professionals

22,600

ICT Managers

22,400

Architects and Landscape Architects

22,200

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Employment projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.