The South Australian science industry employs 2,200 people, which is around 0.3% of the State’s workforce.

Most people working in this industry work in laboratories. Most of the jobs are in metropolitan areas, but there are also job prospects in the Barossa Valley.

Job openings for skilled workers


Quick facts about this industry

  • Science and maths are important to train and work in this industry.
  • More than three quarters of people work full-time.
  • Sixty per cent of people working in the industry have a university degree.
  • Slightly more than half the workforce are men.
  • People working in the industry are younger than those in other industries.
  • To work in this industry you need to have normal colour vision, enjoy scientific activities, and be accurate and detailed in your work.
  • Laboratory workers earn between $1,250 and $1,800 per week, while more specialist scientists can earn between $1,500 and $2,000 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Laboratory operations

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement
  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Astrophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental science
  • Food science
  • Forensic science
  • Geoscience
  • Health sciences
  • Marine science
  • Medical radiation science
  • Medical sciences
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Veterinary bioscience

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information on South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For enrolment in WorkReady vocational courses see how to enrol for training.

For more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on
1800 506 266.

Occupations in this industry

Scientific research has been behind all of the advances in technology that have improved our quality of life. It has provided the understanding necessary to develop medicines, more sustainable agricultural practices and many mining and manufacturing technologies.

Some people conduct field research. Marine scientists, for example, spend a great deal of time in or on the ocean. Other workers are mainly based in laboratories but may also conduct practical experiments.

Laboratory workers assist scientists in the physical, chemical, biological or life sciences by collecting and preparing samples, carrying out experiments, making measurements with scientific equipment, recording results and presenting results for critical analysis.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Aerospace engineer, agricultural technician, animal technician, biochemist, laboratory assistant, laboratory technician, marine scientist, meteorological technical officer or science technician.

Related industries for these occupations

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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