Discover industries – Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

This large industry has highly skilled workers. Many of the jobs are in services that support other industries. Most workers have a university degree.

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This is a fast-growing industry with many opportunities across a broad range of activities that support other industries.

View top 10 occupations in this industry

About Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is a large industry by employment numbers. Businesses in this industry sell their expertise as a service. 

Some examples include: 

  • scientific research 

  • architecture and engineering 

  • computer system design 

  • legal and accounting services 

  • advertising and market research 

  • veterinary services 

  • professional photography. 

A large share of the workforce is based in cities and most workers have post-school qualifications. More than half have attended university and a significant number have a vocational education and training (VET) qualification. 

Many people in this industry work full-time. 

Source: Labour Market Insights, Jan 2024

Workforce share in Australia

Percentage of workers who have their main job in this industry. 

9.4 %
Employed in Australia

The number of people this industry employs in Australia. 

Industry growth in Australia

This is the projected amount this industry will grow by in Australia over the next 5 years.

9 %

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), Employment Projections, May 2023.

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Current and future employment in Australia

See how Australia's Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry is projected to grow by 17.9% over a 10-year period compared to an average Australian industry growth rate of 14.2%.

Largest employing occupations

This table shows the top-10 occupations in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services by employment numbers. 

Software and Applications Programmers
Management and Organisation Analysts
Advertising and Marketing Professionals
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
ICT Support Technicians
Architects and Landscape Architects
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
ICT Managers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2021

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