How to become a Embryologist

Embryologists perform routine diagnostic services and embryological procedures, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), at hospitals and clinics.

Personal requirements of a Embryologist

  • Good communication skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Able to relate to people
  • Compassionate towards others
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Able to carry out detailed and accurate work
  • Good problem-solving skills

Education & Training for a Embryologist

To become an embryologist, you usually have to study biological science at university, followed by a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field. To get into the degree courses you usually need a Year 12 qualification. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.

Additional Information

Students and graduates may be eligible for membership with the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and with the Scientists in Reproductive Technologies (SIRT) sub-group. SIRT is a special interest group representing the scientific membership of FSA. They promote the education and training of scientists working in reproductive technologies. Visit the FSA and SIRT websites for more information

Duties & Tasks of a Embryologist

Embryologists:

  • determine fertility levels of individuals
  • collect eggs and sperm from patients for processing
  • test the suitability of sperm for use
  • preserve sperm and embryos for future use
  • monitor embryo development
  • select embryos for transfer
  • communicate with patients about specific treatment options
  • research infertility solutions with other medical, nursing and counselling staff
  • use assisted reproductive technologies (ART) for help with infertility
  • monitor and maintain the sperm bank
  • ensure regular maintenance of equipment.

Working conditions for a Embryologist

Embryologists are often required to work irregular hours, including early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Employment Opportunities for a Embryologist

Entry into this occupation is competitive. Once you are employed you will receive on-the-job training in protocols. There are fertility clinics located nationwide in capital cities and larger regional centres.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,645

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 6.7%

NSW NSW 19.5%

NT NT 2.1%

QLD QLD 20.2%

SA SA 6.9%

TAS TAS 2.6%

VIC VIC 21.7%

WA WA 20.3%

Hours worked:

33.1

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 50.6%

Female 49.4%

Education level:

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 49.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 50.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 3.6%

25-34 - 37%

35-44 - 19.4%

45-54 - 20.8%

55-59 - 9.3%

60-64 - 5.3%

65 and Over - 4.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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