Researchers

Researchers perform research, independently as a principal investigator. They further the search for knowledge through systematic investigation to establish facts. Researchers can work in academic, industrial, government, or private institutions.  Researchers have been around for some time, however demand for this occupation is increasing, and the role is significantly different from existing occupations in ANZSCO. 

Main tasks

Researchers' main tasks include conducting and managing research projects, analysing data and writing research papers. Researchers also supervise students, and conduct experiments.

This graph shows the number of persons employed in this occupation from 2015 to 2019.

This chart includes two measures of average (median and mean) weekly wage for this occupation, as well as the 25th and 75th percentile. These latter two figures represent the wages that the top 75 per cent and the top 25 per cent of employees can expect to earn equal to or more than, respectively.

49%
of people employed as are female.
39 hours
is the average working hours per week for .
76%
of are employed full-time.
41
years old is the average age for .

Date source: ABS Labour Force Survey microdata, NSC Analysis.

This infographic shows the demographic characteristics of persons employed in this occupation. It shows the average age of all workers, the average hours worked per week, the percentage that work full time, and the percentage of the workforce that is female. 

This chart shows the proportion of workers employed in this occupation by their highest qualification level. As these are emerging occupations, the links between qualification level and employment are not always clear cut, explaining why some occupations have a mix of employees with higher education qualifications and some employees have no post-school qualifications. 

These skills are those most frequently mentioned in Australian job advertisements for this occupation – they do not represent the full set of skills or qualifications required to undertake this role, or the most important skills. Sometimes, skills that are critical to perform a role are not expressed in a job ad as they are considered common knowledge, or a qualification is used as a proxy for these skills.