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Physicist Career Information

Occupation statistics

10,000 natural and physical science professionals in Australia1

1,520 natural and physical science professionals in Victoria (15.2%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$18412

Average weekly hours 41.53

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

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Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible physicists (including medical physicists) and graduate physicists. To be eligible to apply for nomination, physicists 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 physicists working in Victoria.


Industry contacts

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

  • Professionals Australia (formerly APESMA) represents Medical Physicists, Physical Scientists and Biomedical Engineers in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM) is a multi-disciplinary association of physicians, physicists, chemists, radio-pharmacists, technologists, nurses and others interested in the practice of Nuclear Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) provides support to professional physicists and promotes the industry.
  • LabOnline provides information and research updates to science and lab professionals.
  • The Business Victoria website provides information on the biotechnology sector.


Finding a job

Physicists are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; Mining; and Education and Training.3


Tip

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 physicists, 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 April 2 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved April 2 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au. 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 April 2 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au