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Studying science prepares you for the jobs of the future.

Studying science gives you the skills employers’ value, such as active learning, critical thinking, and complex and creative problem solving. These skills are highly transferable across all industries, even in non-scientific fields. As a result, science graduates are highly desirable employees and find themselves in diverse roles across many different sectors.

Because of these highly adaptable skills, science graduates are also highly prepared for today’s job market in which, on average, people have five separate careers during their lifetime, and where new industries are constantly created. Seventy five percent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge and employment in STEM occupations is projected to grow at almost twice the pace of other occupations. Science is an excellent choice if you are looking to future-proof your career.

Below, we provide some statics and information about various scientific sectors and graduate outcomes.

Take a look at each area related to job profiles and view where our graduates' full-time employment has been after just a few months of their graduation.

  • Agriculture, Wine and Environmental Science
    • 60% of graduates in these areas were in full-time employment and a further 26% were in part-time employment within a few months of graduation.
    • 26% of graduates in these areas go on to further full-time study.
    • 70% of graduates from this area are working in jobs directly related to their field of study.
    • Growth in the employment rates of Environmental Scientists is expected to rise by 41% over the next five years.^
    • Median salary $53,000
    • Example Job Profiles
    • Read about our recent graduates:
  • Animal and Veterinary Science
    • 90.4% of Veterinary Science graduates were in full-time employment within a few months of graduation.*^
    • Median salary $45,000*
    • Example Job Profile - Veterinary
    • Read about our recent graduates:
  • Biology
    • 42% of biology graduates were in full-time employment and 36% in part-time employment within a few months of graduation.
    • 50% of biology graduates go on to pursue further full-time study.
    • 62% of biology graduates are working in jobs directly related to their field of study.
    • Median salary $48,000
    • Example of a Job Profile - Geneticist
    • Read about our recent graduates:
  • Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
    • 55% of graduates in these areas were in full-time employment and 26% in part-time employment within a few months of graduation.
    • 48% of graduates in these areas go on to further study.
    • 75% of graduates in these areas are working in jobs directly related to their field of study.
    • Median salary $54,000
    • Example Job Profile
    • Read about our recent graduates:
      • Nikki - Chemistry
      • Andrew - Geology, Geophysics & Spatial Information
      • Emma- High Performance Computational Physics
      • Ricky - Space Science & Astrophysics
  • Food Science/Technology and Nutrition

    Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science (B.Food&NS) offers a mix of theoretical plus hands on practical science with secure employment prospects in Food and Nutrition Sciences.

    The program provides students with the skills to identify and develop the next nutritional trends, processing innovations and advanced packaging in a sustainable way.

    Read or hear about our recent graduates:

    • Charavy - Food Science
    • Food Industry Graduate Access Program - A program which places graduates into small to medium size food business. 3x of our graduates featured in this program are:
      • Anne, Maggie Beer
      • Claire, La Casa Del Formaggio
      • Joyce, Mexican Express

All statistics taken from Where Grads Go, August 2015 where available and unless otherwise indicated.

*Figures taken from GradFiles, December 2011.

^Environmental Science and Animal Science are not separated into their own category by Graduate Careers Australia and employment rates are therefore not available for these study areas.

Depending on the type of science you specialise in, and the sort of work you want to do, a Science Degree can be an incredible and exciting career in a wide range of fields.

Employment agencies across Australia list job vacancies in broad science and technology areas - check out the positions currently listed here!

Science Employment Agencies
Science Alert Science jobs in Australia and New Zealand.
Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Student Opportunities for Higher Degree Research Education.
Career One Career One
UniJobs Australia's University Jobs Website
Environmental Jobs Australia's leading resource for environmental employment, education and events.
NewScientistJobs Find science and technology jobs in AU/NZ and around the world.
Graduate Connection Connecting you to Science Graduate employment.
Graduate Careers Australia Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) fosters employment and career opportunities for graduates, in association with the higher education sector, government and business. 

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