This occupation group covers Life Scientists not elsewhere classified.
Skill Level 1
Caveats No caveats
Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations
2113-79 Life Scientists nec
Group: 2345 Life Scientists
examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of humans, animals, plants and other living organisms to better understand how living organisms function and interact with each other and the environment in which they live.
designing and conducting experiments, making observations and measurements, researching information, analysing data, preparing or supervising the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers, presenting findings at scientific meetings and conferences, and supervising the work of staff
studying the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination
investigating the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms
examining micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and using the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes
investigating the effects of environmental factors, such as rainfall, temperature, sunlight, soil, topography and disease, on plant growth
planning and undertaking experiments to study, measure and understand marine animals and plants
studying the growth and characteristics of micro-organisms, such as bacteria, algae and fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals and humans to develop medical, veterinary, industrial, environmental and other practical applications
investigating the interrelationships between animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the education level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor Degree or higher degree and in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
In addition to the above, it is essential for applicants to meet the following employment criteria:
- at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level,
- undertaken in the last five years,
- working 20 hours or more per week, and
- highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
Please note in order to achieve a successful Skills Assessment Outcome, a positive assessment for both qualifications and employment is required.
Not Elsewhere Classified (nec)
Some occupations assessed by VETASSESS are listed as ‘nec’ which means ‘elsewhere classified’. If you are nominating one of these occupations, you must ensure that your qualifications and employment are highly relevant to one of the occupation titles given in the ANZSCO description for the particular occupation. Other specific occupation titles which cannot be found elsewhere in ANZSCO will be considered on a case-by-case basis as long as they are relevant to the ‘nec’ codes. In order to be assessed against an ‘nec’ code, your occupation would generally be described as nonclassified, yet specialised or related to its ANZSCO Unit Group description.
Your employment in these nominated occupations should not better match another ANZSCO code (whether assessed by VETASSESS or not). When considering whether to nominate an ‘nec’ occupation, you should consider the sub major group description and determine whether your skills best fit this category.
VETASSESS conducts a case-by-case assessment to determine whether the employment can be considered highly relevant to the classification. If your employment is highly relevant to another ANZSCO occupation, that period of employment cannot be assessed suitably against an ‘nec’ classification, regardless of whether the occupation is available for migration purposes or not. You should provide a cover letter that justifies the rationale for choosing an ‘nec’ category.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree. This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and
Highly relevant major fields of study include:
» Anatomy or physiology
» Marine biology
» Biomedical Science
» Animal Behaviour Studies
» Life Sciences
Anatomist or Physiologist
Studies the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination
Studies the behaviour of wild and domestic animals
Studies the nervous system and the brain
Provides a source of information regarding fundamental biological principles, parasites and disease control
Organises and oversees tests of new drugs and medicines, ensuring quality control and securing approval for their use
Studies the amount of exposure to a substance (e.g. from pollution caused by environmental contaminants such as industrial waste products or emergency events such as a gas leak) and the potential effect it may have on public health, plants, animals and/or the ecosystem