Intensive Care Specialist

Job Description

The intensive care specialist has clinical skills that include the ability to recognise and manage the disturbances associated with severe medical, surgical, obstetric and paediatric illness and to diagnose and treat the conditions that cause them. This usually involves invasive and non-invasive diagnostic techniques, monitoring, and treatment modalities designed to support vital organs.

Careers Ladder


A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as an Intensive Care Specialist. Many Intensive Care Specialists complete postgraduate studies.

You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. Fellowship with the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand may also be needed to specialise.


Checks, licences and tickets that are required are;

  • National police check
  • Working with children check
  • Be up to date with immunisations


  • Analytical
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Educated
  • Flexible
  • Interpersonal
  • Perceptive
  • Procedural
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilient

Key Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning & Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Caring for others
  • Serving others
  • Monitoring
  • Instructing
  • Writing

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;