Build new skills for an in-demand profession working to understand the world. It starts by studying a science course.
What do science graduates do?
After completing a science course, you may seek employment in a range of roles in the research, conservation, agriculture, food science and sustainability sectors, working in research, teaching or policy development roles.
If you choose to work as a science technician, you may perform tasks like:
- Preparing materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens, and mixing chemicals;
- Collecting information and samples;
- Conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses;
- Presenting and interpreting results;
- Performing calculations;
- Controlling and checking quality and quantity of laboratory supplies; and
- Checking calibrating and maintaining test equipment.
If you choose to work as an environmental scientist, you may perform tasks like:
- Evaluating and investigating environmental, wildlife and fisheries needs, and developing strategies and goals;
- Understanding and enforcing laws and regulations relating to the conservation of the environment;
- Carrying out environmental impact assessments;
- Studying and understanding environmental problems, including analysing pollution, soil quality, environmental ecology, water quality and demographic information;
- Developing and implementing complex environmental management policies;
- Planning and organising activities in designated areas to protect and conserve native environments; and
- Participating in environmental management planning.
If you choose to work as a food scientist or chemist, you may perform tasks like:
- Conducting experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of substances;
- Analysing and conducting research to develop theories, techniques and processes;
- Developing practical applications of experimental and research findings;
- Testing food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content;
- Developing quality control procedures and safety standards for food product development;
- Coordinating winemaking processes, testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices and fortifying, clarifying, maturing, blending and finishing wines;
- Advising on processes for preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering food products.
You’ll enjoy studying a science course if you:
- Are curious about the way the world works
- Can think critically
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are organised and efficient
- Work well with details
- Enjoy planning
- Enjoy repetitive work
- Have a scientific mind
- Want a meaningful and rewarding career
- Want to make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook identifies the science profession as a small but growing sector in Australia.
Currently employing approximately 16,100 science technicians and laboratory assistants, 18,700 environmental scientists and 7,800 food scientists, the sector has been expanding steadily for the last decade and is predicted to continue growing until at least 2020, when it is predicted to employ approximately 16,400 technicians, 19,300 environmental scientists and 7,500 food scientists.
The size of the science profession indicates that roles are available for graduates in most areas of Australia.
PayScale offers a range of different salaries for professionals working in the science industry.
A science course graduate working in a laboratory as a researcher may expect to earn between $55,000 and $100,000 with an annual average salary of approximately $79,000. Working as a research assistant, a science graduate may expect to earn between $40,000 and $68,000 per year.
According to PayScale, a geologist may expect to earn between $56,000 and $134,000, with an average annual salary of approximately $98,000 per year.
An environmental scientist can expect to earn on average between $78,000 per year and $172,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $129,000.