Careers With a STEM Degree

A Science degree equips you with strong, transferable skills that can be applied to a range of industries from Data Science to Healthcare. At UNSW Science, we not only provide our students with the foundation of logical, analytical and lateral thinking but we place great focus on teamwork, communication and problem-solving. With six areas of study ranking in the top 50 globally and over $450 million invested in our state-of-the-art facilities, our Faculty is well equipped to help you launch your career.

The Rising Job Market

The explosion of technology and data in the 21st century has propelled the demand for Science and Technology skills. A survey from the Chief Scientist of Australia found that more than 82% of employers are looking for graduates who excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This has made a Science degree one of the most valuable degrees in Australia and abroad.

In Australia alone, there are more than 200,00 vacant jobs in STEM, spanning from Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Marketing, Psychology and more. See our list of relevant Science-related industries and study paths that can help launch your career.

Accountants and advisors provide a wide range of financial services across the Australian economy where understanding, planning and reporting financial activity is a requirement for all businesses and most individuals.  

Australia has one of the most highly developed Aviation industries in the world. Each year, more than 60 million people travel within Australia and over one million tonnes of freight is carried across the country.

The Banking and Financial Services sector is an important area of the Australian economy. The sector covers banking, broking, insurance, financial advice, fund management, superannuation and mortgage broking among many other large business functions. 

Biotechnology is the branch of science that uses biological actions to create and improve technology and chemical processes. You can apply biotechnology in many ways, from producing food and beverages, to improving agricultural and manufacturing efficiency and developing new medical and pharmaceu

Chemical and Materials Processing is at the heart of fabrication and design for every commercial-scale product that is manufactured, as well as the processing work that is part of sectors like mining and extraction. 

Consultancy is a large and growing section of the economy. People employed as consultants provide advice to businesses, government, not for profit and other sections of the economy.

Buying and selling online, doing your banking, recording videos and taking pictures, sending personal messages to your friends and family shows that the increased use of data has changed everything.

With 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated each day, it’s safe to say that we’re in the era of big data.  To put that metric into perspective, within the last two years, 90% of the world's data has been created. 

Education and Training is the fifth largest employing industry in Australia with continuing growth expected over the next five years. With a demand for education services due to population growth and the higher skill needs of the economy, there is a major focus on Science and STEM skills. 

Environmental matters such as climate change, sustainability and pollution are inarguably at the forefront of modern world challenges.

Healthcare is Australia’s largest and fastest-growing industry, currently employing over 1.5 million people. Due to the ageing population, this sector will continue to grow, seeing another 250,000 new jobs added by 2022.

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mental processes, giving people the tools to improve their decision-making, stress management, performance and self-confidence.

Innovators have the potential to create products and technologies that improve and transform lives. Innovation is at the heart of what many scientists do – unearthing discoveries and finding ways to apply them in business and society.

Entrepreneurs have a knack for recognising and seizing opportunities by identifying innovations, solutions, products and services that improve user experience. People with a scientific mindset are natural problem solvers much like entrepreneurs.

We rely heavily on our six senses to navigate life; touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. Each of these senses plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives. For many people, when they experience problems with their sight, it can have a profound impact.