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1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.2  
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    SCIENCE TECHNICIANS perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.

    Indicative Skill Level:
    Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

    In Australia:

      AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

    In New Zealand:
      NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Tasks Include:

    • preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
    • collecting information and samples
    • conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
    • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
    • performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
    • controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
    • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
    • participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met
    • preparing experiments and demonstrations for science classes

      311411 Chemistry Technician
      311412 Earth Science Technician
      311413 Life Science Technician
      311414 School Laboratory Technician
      311415 Hydrographer
      311499 Science Technicians nec


    Alternative Title:
      Chemistry Technical Officer

    Performs laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyses test data and carries out technical functions in support of Chemists or Chemical Engineers in a wide variety of areas such as fuels, agricultural products, food, pharmaceuticals, paints, metals, plastics, textiles, detergents, paper, fertilisers and cosmetics.

    Skill Level: 2


      Chemical Instrumentation Officer
      Chemical Process Analyst
      Chemistry Laboratory Technician
      Dairy Laboratory Technician
      Petroleum Laboratory Technician
      Sugar Laboratory Assistant


    Alternative Title:
      Earth Science Technical Officer

    Collects and tests earth and water samples, records observations and analyses data in support of Geologists or Geophysicists.

    Skill Level: 2


      Earth Science Laboratory Technician
      Geochemical Laboratory Technician
      Geological Technical Officer
      Geoscience Laboratory Technician
      Meteorological Observer
      Seismology Technical Officer
      Soil Science Technical Officer
      Water Resources Technical Officer


    Alternative Title:
      Life Science Technical Officer

    Identifies and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.

    Skill Level: 2


      Biological Technical Officer
      Botanical Technical Officer
      Ecological Technical Officer
      Environmental Technical Officer
      Fisheries Technical Officer
      Forestry Technical Officer
      Forestry Technician
      Wood Technologist
      Zoology Technical Officer


    Prepares experiments and demonstrations, makes up solutions, prepares slides, orders books and equipment, and tidies up laboratories in support of teaching chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.

    Skill Level: 2


    Measures, analyses and maintains the flow and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage, and surveys and maps oceans, seas and rivers.

    Skill Level: 2


    This occupation group covers Science Technicians not elsewhere classified.

    Skill Level: 2

    Occupations in this group include:

      Calibration Technician
      Fibre Technologist
      Optics Technical Officer
      Physics Technical Officer
      Textile Technical Officer

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