Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

This image shows that there were 1,082,100 people employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services as at November 2018, up 19.4% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 10.2% over the five years to May 2023.
18% of jobs are regional. 10% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 26% of workers are self-employed. 63% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 19% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 2% of workers hold an other qualification. 16% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

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

Employment is concentrated in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. More than a quarter of this workforce is self employed.

This is a highly skilled workforce, with 84% holding post-school qualifications. Professionals represent 58% of this industry.

Only 10% of this workforce is aged 15 to 24 years old, reflecting the time it takes to attain the required qualifications.

Employment is projected to increase strongly over the five years to 2023, reflecting the ongoing demand for highly educated workers in the Australian labour market.

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Annual employment growth (%)

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Accountants 95,100 188,400
Software and Applications Programmers 74,200 123,200
Solicitors 52,400 65,500
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators 32,500 62,800
Management and Organisation Analysts 31,700 70,500
ICT Support Technicians 29,400 69,800
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 28,200 141,200
Advertising and Marketing Professionals 26,300 74,000
Bookkeepers 25,100 100,900
Architects and Landscape Architects 22,900 31,900
ICT Managers 22,700 51,600
Civil Engineering Professionals 20,600 50,300
General Clerks 20,000 281,800
Office Managers 16,100 150,700
Secretaries 15,100 40,000
Accounting Clerks 14,900 131,700
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians 14,100 76,900
Conveyancers and Legal Executives 13,800 16,300
Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists 13,700 46,900
Chief Executives and Managing Directors 12,700 66,700

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

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