Australian Jobs 2021
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Annual Employment Growth (%)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is a large and diverse industry and includes legal and accounting services, veterinary services, and computer system design. Employment is mostly located in capital cities and 65% of jobs are concentrated in New South Wales and Victoria.
This is a highly skilled workforce, with more than 80% holding post-school qualifications. Reflecting the time it takes to attain the required qualifications, a small share of this workforce is young (aged 15 to 24 years old). Workers in the industry are mostly employed as Professionals (62%).
Top employing occupations
|Occupation||This industry||All industries|
|Software and Applications Programmers||91,600||150,700|
|Management and Organisation Analysts||44,200||101,500|
|Advertising and Marketing Professionals||40,700||88,900|
|Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers||35,000||156,500|
|ICT Support Technicians||33,300||61,100|
|Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators||30,000||54,100|
|Architects and Landscape Architects||27,200||46,400|
|Civil Engineering Professionals||25,900||53,000|
|Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians||18,700||78,200|
|Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists||18,600||52,800|
|Computer Network Professionals||17,300||38,600|
|ICT Business and Systems Analysts||15,600||41,100|
|Contract, Program and Project Administrators||14,500||123,000|
|Conveyancers and Legal Executives||14,300||14,600|
There are opportunities to work as your own boss within this industry, with more than a quarter of the workforce self-employed.
While dependent on the role they are performing, workers in this industry often have scope to work remotely. In December 2020, around half (49%) of the businesses in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry still had staff working from home, compared with 16% across all industries.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.