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Chemist Career Information

Occupation statistics

7,700 chemists, and food and wine scientists, in Australia1

2,787 chemists, and food and wine scientists, in Victoria (36.2%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,2462

Average weekly hours 39.13

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

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Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible chemists and graduate chemists. To be eligible to apply chemists must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

There are no licensing or registration requirements for chemists working in Victoria.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about chemists in Victoria.

  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) represents professional chemists and works to promote the practice of chemistry. It provides career development and networking opportunities, runs conferences and publishes professional guidelines.
  • LabOnline provides information and research updates to science and lab professionals.
  • Professionals Australia represents a range of professionals including the engineering, science, management and architecture sectors. It provides advice to its members on industrial relations, career development and professional networking.
  • BioMelbourne Network is a peak industry forum for the Victorian biotechnology and research sector.
  • AusBiotech is the national body of companies and individuals dedicated to the development and prosperity of the Australian biotechnology industry. Its headquarters are located in Melbourne.
  • The Business Victoria website provides information on the biotechnology sector.

Finding a job

Chemists are often employed in laboratories but may also work in the field, at universities or processing plants. Most chemists work in the manufacturing sector.

Chemists are employed across several industries including: Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Mining; and Retail Trade.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.


To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in chemists, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 8 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 8 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 8 2012 from