Identifies and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.
Skill Level 2
Life Science Technical Officer
Biological Technical Officer
Botanical Technical Officer
Ecological Technical Officer
Environmental Technical Officer
Fisheries Technical Officer
Forestry Technical Officer
Zoology Technical Officer
Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:
Earth Science Technician
School Laboratory Technician
Science Technicians nec
Caveats No caveats
Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations
3112-15 Life Science Technical Officer
Group: 3114 Science Technicians
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational
level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or higher, in a field
highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
In addition to this, applicants must have at least one year of post-qualification
employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years in a field which
is highly relevant to the nominated occupation. If employment is not post-qualification,
then three additional years of highly relevant employment are required.
If the qualification is not in a highly relevant field, two years of employment at an
appropriate skill level, completed in the last five years which is highly relevant to the
nominated occupation is required. This is reduced to one year if there is an additional
qualification at least at AQF Certificate IV level in a highly relevant field.
A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive
Skills Assessment Outcome.
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
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.
AQF Diploma or higher
Highly relevant fields of study include:
Life Sciences is the study of living things - plants and animals. It helps to explain how living
things relate to one another and to their surroundings.
A Life Science Technician identifies and collects living organisms and conducts field and
laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.
Highly relevant 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
controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples
and monitoring usage
checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
In Australia, there are currently no legal requirements for licensing or registration for the
occupation of Life Science Technician.
Science Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to
assist with research, design and production.
The main contexts in which they work include:
Universities and educational institutions
Private research organisations
Medical and hospital laboratories (if non clinical)
Pharmaceutical laboratories (Research and Development stage)
Government research facilities