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General Practitioner and RMO Jobs: An Updated Overview

July 12, 2023 0 Comments

The landscape of healthcare employment in Australia is continually evolving, with General Practitioners (GPs) and Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) forming a significant part of this dynamic sector.

We wanted to provide an updated snapshot of the state of the job market, and to explore various facets including employment outlook, earnings, working hours, industry distribution, geographical spread, worker profile, and key skills. The insights presented are based on the most recent data from Labour Market Insights, offering a perspective on the opportunities and trends for GPs and RMOs in Australia’s healthcare sector.

Employment Outlook

The demand for GPs and RMOs in Australia is on the rise. In 2021, there were 61,500 GPs and RMOs employed. This figure is projected to increase to 67,800 by 2026, indicating a positive employment outlook for these professionals. This growth can be attributed to the increasing healthcare needs of Australia’s ageing population, advancements in medical technology, and the ongoing need for primary healthcare services.

Earnings and Working Hours

When it comes to earnings and working hours, the landscape is diverse. Approximately 76% of GPs and RMOs work full-time, with an average of 46 hours per week. More than half of these professionals reported regularly working overtime or extra hours. The average median hourly earnings for GPs and RMOs is around $65, but this can vary greatly depending on where they work, how many hours they work, and what contract or percentage of billings is available to them.


The majority of GPs and RMOs, 98.3%, work in the healthcare industry. This is not surprising given the nature of their work. However, 1.4% work in public administration, 0.2% in manufacturing, and another 0.2% in professional, scientific, and technical services. This diversity reflects the wide range of opportunities available to these professionals beyond traditional healthcare settings.

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Locations in Australia

In terms of geographical distribution, GPs and RMOs are spread across Australia, with the highest concentration in New South Wales (31.1%), followed by Victoria (25.0%), and Queensland (20.9%). South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, and Australian Capital Territory also have their share of these professionals, albeit in smaller percentages.

General Practitioner and RMO Profile

The profile for GPs and RMOs is diverse. Approximately 46% of these professionals are female, and the average age is 42. However, a large share of doctors are aged between 25 and 34, indicating a strong presence of young professionals in this field.

Key Skills

The job of a GP or RMO requires a unique set of skills. The highest-rated skills for these professionals include active listening and reading comprehension (both at 68%), judgment and decision making (66%), and critical thinking (63%). In terms of knowledge, medicine (90%), psychology (88%), and customer and personal service (86%) are rated highly. The most important abilities include problem spotting (77%), inductive reasoning (73%), and both oral comprehension and oral expression (71%). The most valued activities include monitoring people, processes, and things (83%), looking for changes over time and helping and caring for others (both at 80%), and making decisions and solving problems (77%).

To summarise, the job market for GPs and RMOs in Australia is robust and projected to grow in the coming years. With a diverse range of opportunities across different industries and locations, coupled with competitive earnings and the opportunity to make a significant impact on community health, a career as a GP and RMO is both rewarding and fulfilling. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, these professionals will continue to play a crucial role in delivering quality healthcare services to Australians.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as a general overview of the topic and should not be construed as professional legal or medical advice.

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