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Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

Embryologists perform routine diagnostic services and embryological procedures, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), at hospitals and clinics.

Embryologists are often required to work irregular hours, including early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays.


    Embryologists may perform the following tasks:

  • determine fertility levels of individuals
  • collect eggs and sperm from patients for processing
  • test the suitability of sperm for use
  • preserve sperm and embryos for future use
  • monitor embryo development
  • select embryos for transfer
  • communicate with patients about specific treatment options
  • research infertility solutions with other medical, nursing and counselling staff
  • use assisted reproductive technologies (ART) for help with infertility
  • monitor and maintain the sperm bank
  • ensure regular maintenance of equipment


  • good communication skills
  • self-confidence
  • able to relate to people
  • compassionate towards others
  • enjoy working with people
  • able to carry out detailed and accurate work
  • good problem-solving skills

Interest Area

Medical Scientific


Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

To become an embryologist you usually have to study biological science at university, followed by a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in biological science. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Additional Information

    Students and graduates may be eligible for membership with the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and with the Scientists in Reproductive Technologies (SIRT) sub-group. SIRT is a special interest group representing the scientific membership of FSA. They promote the education and training of scientists working in reproductive technologies. Visit the FSA and SIRT websites for more information.


Entry into this occupation is competitive. Once you are employed you will receive on-the-job training in protocols.

There are fertility clinics located nationwide in capital cities and larger regional centres.

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