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Life Scientists Career Information

Occupation statistics

10,000 life scientists in Australia1

2,090 life scientists in Victoria (20.9%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$12002

Average weekly hours 39.83

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

A life scientist analyses some bacteria in a laboratory 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible life scientists and graduate life scientists. To be eligible to apply for nomination, life scientists 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 life scientists working in Victoria.

Industry contacts

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

  • Science Industry Australia is the peak industry body for organisations involved in the supply or production of science industry goods. It hosts regular meetings, publishes a bulletin and operates special interest networking groups.
  • 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.
  • The Bio Melbourne Network contains a wide range of information on the Victorian biotechnology industry.

Finding a job

Life scientists are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.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 life scientists, 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 21 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 21 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 21 2012 from