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Research and Development Manager Career Information

Occupation statistics

12,300 research and development managers in Australia1

3,013 research and development managers in Victoria (24.5%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,7002

Average weekly hours 44.73

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

A research and development manager working in a laboratory 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible research and development managers. To be eligible to apply for nomination, research and development managers 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 research and development managers working in Victoria.


Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about research and development managers in Victoria.

  • Professionals Australia (formerly APESMA) 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 Australian Institute of Management (AIM) is aimed more generally at managers. It offers education and training, networking opportunities and qualifications assessment.
  • The Business Victoria website provides information on the biotechnology sector.

Finding a job

Research and development managers may be employed by government organisations, research institutes, universities, hospitals, not-profit organisations or private sector consultancies. Employment opportunities are diverse and there are a growing number of positions for research personnel.

Research and development managers are employed across several industries including: Education and Training; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.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 research and development managers, 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 3 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved April 3 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 3 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au