Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

This image shows that there were 1,033,000 people employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services as at November 2017, up 0.2% since November 2016 and 12.5% since November 2012.
18% of jobs are regional (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
43% of workers are female (down 3 percentage points over 5 years).
83% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 3 percentage points over 5 years).
23% of jobs are part-time (no change over 5 years).
The median age is 39 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Accountants 90,500 184,800
Software and Applications Programmers 65,000 109,100
Solicitors 57,600 73,100
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators 32,100 61,100
Advertising and Marketing Professionals 30,400 87,400

Employment, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased strongly over this period to 1,033,000 in November 2017.

This is a large and diverse industry, and includes activities such as legal and accounting services, veterinary services, and computer system design. Employment increased strongly over the past five years, with particularly strong growth in Computer System Design and Related Services.

This is a highly skilled workforce and higher education is often required. More than half the workers in this industry are Professionals.

Strong employment growth is projected for this industry over the five years to May 2022, reflecting ongoing strength in the demand for the services of highly educated workers throughout the economy.

Educational attainment, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (%)

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%. Other qualification 4%. No post-school qualification 17%.

Age profile, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (%)

Shows the age profile of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce. 8% aged 15 to 24 years. 28% aged 25 to 34 years. 26% aged 35 to 44 years. 21% aged 45 to 54 years. 17% aged 55 years or older.

Quick fact
It is relatively common for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services employees to work from home (13% in 2016 Census)

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections

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