How to become a Life Scientist

Life scientists examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of humans, animals, plants and other living organisms to better understand how living organisms function and interact with each other and the environment.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 35.5%

NT 2.9%

QLD 22.2%

SA 9.8%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 17.4%

WA 8.3%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 46.9%

Female 53%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 52.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 47.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.3%

Above 35 years: 64.2%

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

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