Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

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Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is a large employing industry. Around 9.3% of workers have their main job in this industry.

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 work in cities.

Median earnings are $1,726 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 46,900 (or 3.7%) over the last year.



    Computer System Design and Related Services is the largest sector in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry, employing 354,200 workers.



    Accountants is the largest employing occupation in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    2613Software and Applications Programmers
    2247Management and Organisation Analysts
    2251Advertising and Marketing Professionals
    2324Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
    1351ICT Managers
    2332Civil Engineering Professionals
    2321Architects and Landscape Architects
    3131ICT Support Technicians


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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