Life Scientist (General) Skills Assessment ANZSCO 234511

A Life Scientist investigates living organisms’ origins, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and behaviour, as well as how they interact with their surroundings.

Life Scientist (General) Skills Assessment ANZSCO 234511

Occupation Descriptions

A Life Scientist explores how living things begin, their body structures, how they function, how they reproduce, and how they behave. They also study how these living things interact with their surroundings.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Biologist (General)
  • Biological Researcher|

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Life Science Technician
  • Life Scientist nec

These jobs are listed in other categories within ANZSCO or don’t meet the needed skill level.

Group allocation:

Life Scientists (General) is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

This job requires a qualification equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher in a field closely related to the nominated occupation. Applicants must also have at least one year of relevant work experience at the appropriate skill level within the last five years.

Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:

  • The qualifications do not meet the required educational level.
  • The qualifications are not in a highly relevant field of study.
  • The employment was completed before obtaining the qualification.
  • A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is necessary for a successful Skills Assessment outcome.

Group A 

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

Applicants must have one year of paid employment (20 hours or more per week) that is highly relevant to the nominated occupation, at the appropriate skill level, within the last five years before applying for a Skills Assessment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree.

This includes qualifications assessed at the AQF Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels.

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Life Science
  • Biochemistry and cell biology
  • Botany
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Human Biology
  • Zoology
  • Marine Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Bacteriology
  • Virology
  • Anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Bioscience
  • Biomedicine
  • Pharmacology
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    Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:

    • Studying the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues through systematic observation, dissection, and microscopic examination.
    • 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.

    Additional relevant tasks may include:

    • Examining the genetic, chemical, physical, and structural makeup of cells, tissues, and organisms.
    • Identifying the cellular and developmental processes that maintain life.

    Employment Information

    Life Scientists (General) is a broad category within the Life Scientists ANZSCO unit group and may include individuals who have studied various biological fields. The main factor determining relevance to this occupation is the context of the work and research undertaken.

    Employment industries may include, but are not limited to, academic faculties, research institutes, biotech companies, flora and fauna sanctuaries, public companies, and privately funded research groups.

    Supporting Material for Assessment

    When applying for a Skills Assessment, it’s important to provide enough evidence to support your claims regarding proof of identity, qualifications, and employment. You can find a comprehensive list of required documents on the VETASSESS website under Eligibility Criteria.

    You can also include additional evidence to support 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. These documents can further validate your qualifications and expertise for the Skills Assessment.

    How to apply

    If you’re a professional planning to migrate to Australia, chances are you’ll need to be assessed by VETASSESS. They assess 360 different professional occupations, evaluating your skills, experience, and qualifications.

    1. Find

    Explore the VETASSESS occupation list to find the one that closely aligns with your skills and experience.

    2. Match

    Once you've found the appropriate occupation, match your skills and experience to it.

    3. Prepare

    Gather all the necessary information and documents required for the application process.

    4. Apply

    When you're ready, submit your application online. If you need assistance or have questions, support is available to guide you through the skills assessment process.