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ANZSCO Code: 234514 / Group A

A Biotechnologist studies the anatomy, physiology and characteristics of living organisms and isolated biological molecules, and develops new materials for applying to a range of purposes.

Occupation description

A Biotechnologist studies the anatomy, physiology and characteristics of living organisms and isolated biological molecules, and develops new materials for applying to a range of purposes.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

ANZSCO listed specialisations: 

  • Cell Geneticist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Molecular Geneticist

Other specialisations:

  • Computational Biologist / Bioinformatician
  • Animal / Plant Biotechnologist

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code: 

  • Chemist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Biochemist
  • Biostatistician / Statistician
  • Microbiologist

These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO or are not at the required skill level.

Biotechnologist is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation. Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.

Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:

  • The qualification(s) are not at the required educational level.
  • The qualification(s) are not in a highly relevant field of study.
  • The employment has been completed prior to the completion of the qualification.

A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive Skills Assessment outcome.

Group A

** Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week): 

One year of post-qualification paid employment (20 hours or more per week) highly relevant to the nominated occupation, at an appropriate skill level in the last five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment

Qualification and Employment Criteria

AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree.

This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. Highly relevant major fields of study include: 

  • Biotechnology 
  • Bioinformatics/Computational Biology 
  • Gene Technologies 
  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Cell and Developmental Biology 
  • Environmental Biotechnology 


Fields of study considered on a case-by-case basis if containing relevant subjects or underpinning studies in Biotechnology and supportive work experience:

  • Biostatistics 
  • Microbiology 
  • Life Science 
  • Biomedicine 
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 
  • Genetics 
  • Agriculture 
  • Zoology 

Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Studying 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.
  • Undertaking research projects, experimental planning, execution, report writing, publishing scientific papers and presentation of study outcomes to key internal and external stakeholders.

Additional tasks may include:

  • Identifying cellular and develop mental events that ensure continuity of life.
  • Developing, optimising and validating diagnostic tools to rapidly detect diseases.
  • Using bacteria, enzymes and other organisms for a range of industrial uses, including agricultural production, food production and waste removal.
  • Conducting research and experiments in the field of genetic modification and biomolecular engineering, which involves altering the genetic make-up of plants and animals.
  • Using biological engineering processes to create commercially useful biological products, such as biomaterials, chemicals or fuels.
  • Using computational/bioinformatics tools to collect and analyse data in various fields such as biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, biomedicine, pharmaceutical development, etc.

Biotechnologists work in a range of fields including in research laboratories and offices located within universities, research institutes and processing plants. This occupation covers biotechnology specialists from widespread areas such as medical, industrial, agricultural and environmental biotechnology as follows:

  • Medical biotechnologists conduct scientific research and apply the research outcomes or biotechnology tools in pharmaceutical, non-clinical and clinical fields to enhance the patient quality of life. For example, they may be involved in developing or improving new medicines and vaccines, developing methods to detect, prevent and treat diseases, stem cell research and more.
  • Industrial biotechnologists study the useful derivatives of living cells from various microorganisms, plants and animals and create new products. For example, they may work in production of antibiotics, hormones and vaccines.
  • Agricultural biotechnologists develop and improve products and processes for agriculture. For example, they may be utilising genetic engineering tools to produce stronger crops, researching precision farming technologies and creating new bio-pesticides.
  • Environmental biotechnologists conduct research combining biology and engineering to develop and use processes that remediate environmental contamination. For example, this may be utilising microorganisms in waste treatment, conversion of plants into biofuel, developing bioplastics, etc.

This occupation should not be confused with routine quality control/quality assurance, diagnostic testing or product sales roles in the above listed industries.

When applying for a Skills Assessment, please ensure you submit sufficient evidence supporting proof of identity, qualification and employment claims. A full list of the documents required can be found on the VETASSESS website under Eligibility Criteria.

You may provide additional evidence supporting your role, such as a summary brief for grant applications or similar projects, research articles or conference proceedings, laboratory reports, patents and a list of research projects outlining your responsibilities.

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