Life Scientists nec ANZSCO Code: 234599

Group A

Life Scientists study how humans, animals, plants, and other living things work and interact with each other and their environment. They look at anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry to understand this better. This job category includes various Life Scientists.

Life Scientists nec ANZSCO Code: 234599

Occupation Descriptions

Life Scientists study the bodies, functions, and chemical makeup of humans, animals, plants, and other living things. They aim to understand how these organisms work and interact with each other and their environment. This group includes various Life Scientists with unique focuses.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Anatomist
  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmacologist (Non-clinical)
  • Physiologist
  • Toxicologist

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Nanotechnologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Chemist
  • Microbiologist
  • Clinical Researcher

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

Group allocation:

Life Scientists nec is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

Applicants for this occupation need a qualification equivalent to at least an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or higher, in a closely related field. They should also have at least one year of relevant work experience at the appropriate skill level within the last five years, following their qualification.

Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:

  • Their qualifications don’t match the required educational level.
  • Their qualifications aren’t in a closely related field of study.
  • 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 at least one year of paid employment (working 20 hours or more per week) following the completion of their qualification. This employment should be highly relevant to the nominated occupation and at the appropriate skill level. The employment must have been completed within 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:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy or physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Marine biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Animal Behaviour Studies
  • Parasitology
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Life Sciences
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    Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:

    • Investigating the genetic, chemical, physical, and structural properties of cells, tissues, and organisms.
    • Analyzing organisms in controlled settings to understand their survival and growth in natural environments.
    • Forecasting how human activities and other factors will impact natural ecosystems and interactions.
    • Offering guidance to managers, politicians, farmers, healthcare workers, and the public.

    Additional relevant tasks may include:

    • Planning and doing experiments, watching and measuring things, finding information, studying data, making lab reports and papers, sharing discoveries at science meetings, and leading staff.

    Employment Information

    Here are simplified descriptions of various scientific roles:

    • Anatomist or Physiologist: Studies the shapes and structures of body organs and tissues through careful observation, dissection, and microscopic examination.
    • Animal Behaviorist: Studies the actions and habits of both wild and domesticated animals.
    • Neuroscientist: Focuses on understanding the nervous system and the brain.
    • Parasitologist: Provides knowledge about basic biological principles, parasites, and methods for controlling diseases caused by them.
    • Pharmacologist (Non-clinical): Organizes and supervises experiments to test new drugs and medications, ensuring they meet quality standards and receive approval for use.
    • Toxicologist: Investigates the effects of exposure to substances, such as pollutants or chemicals, on public health, plants, animals, and the environment.

    Supporting Material for Assessment

    When applying for a Skills Assessment, make sure you include enough evidence to support your claims for identity, qualifications, and employment. You can find a comprehensive list of required documents on the VETASSESS website under Eligibility Criteria. 

    Additionally, you may submit a cover letter explaining why you’ve chosen a category labeled ‘nec’. Providing extra evidence such as summaries for grant applications, research articles, laboratory reports, patents, and lists of research projects with your responsibilities outlined can strengthen your application.

    Not Elsewhere Classified (nec)

    When applying for a Skills Assessment with VETASSESS, it’s important to note that some occupations are classified as ‘nec’, meaning ‘elsewhere classified’. If you choose one of these occupations, ensure your qualifications and employment align closely with the descriptions provided in the ANZSCO for that occupation. If your occupation doesn’t fit neatly into another ANZSCO code but is specialized or related to its unit group description, it may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Your employment should primarily match the ‘nec’ occupation you’ve chosen and not align better with another ANZSCO code. VETASSESS will assess this on a case-by-case basis to determine if your employment is highly relevant to the classification. If your employment better matches another ANZSCO occupation, it cannot be assessed against the ‘nec’ classification. Providing a cover letter explaining your rationale for choosing the ‘nec’ category is recommended.

    How to apply

    If you’re considering migrating to Australia, you’ll likely need a skills assessment from VETASSESS. Follow these steps:

    1. Find

    Identify the VETASSESS occupation that best matches your skills and experience.

    2. Match

    Ensure your skills and experience align with the chosen occupation.

    3. Prepare

    Gather all necessary information and documents for your application.

    4. Apply

    Complete the online application when you're ready. If you need assistance, support is available.