311413 Life Science Technician

ANZSCO Occupation Code: 
311413
ANZSCO Occupation Name: 
Life Science Technician
Skill Assessing Authority: 
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List: 
No
Short-term Skilled Occupation List: 
Yes
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme: 
Yes
LMT Protected Occupation: 
No
ANZSCO Occupation Description: 

311413 LIFE SCIENCE TECHNICIAN

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
Specialisations:
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

ANZSCO Skill Level: 
2

3114 Science Technicians

ANZSCO Unit Group Code: 
3114
ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Science Technicians
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 

3114 SCIENCE TECHNICIANS

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

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
1 229.00
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
812.00
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
1 064.40