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.  In Australia, employment in STEM occupations has grown by 19.7% in the past five years. This is almost twice as fast as other jobs.

STEM jobs are highly skilled with 75% of people employed in a STEM occupation working in a skill level occupation equivalent to a bachelor degree or higher. 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.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has shown that STEM skills are not only necessary for the jobs and careers vital to solving the Coronavirus crisis, but they’re also critical for the jobs of tomorrow. It is expected that the post-covid19 area will keep seeing a strong demand for STEM skills especially in the areas of data science and cybersecurity.

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. If you are planning to start your aviation degree in 2021, the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on the industry is expected to have diminished by the time you graduate.

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 improving agricultural and manufacturing efficiency to developing new medical and pharmaceutical products.

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 fundamental to 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- the increased use of data has changed almost every aspect of our lives.  However, it’s also hugely increased the opportunities for cybercriminals to access o

With quintillion bytes of data generated each day, it’s safe to say that we’re in the era of big data.Social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are driving the trends in data and influencing the role of Data Scientists and Statisticians.

The energy industry is responsible for the production and distribution of energy, water, and gas across Australia. With the Department of the Environment and Energy reporting an increase in

Environmental issues such as climate change and sustainability are at the forefront of modern world challenges and UNSW Science is home to globally recognised researchers and educators in these areas. Our cross-disciplinary research influences important government and industry policies.

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 jobs, 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 five senses to navigate life: touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. Each of these senses plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives.  Problems with eyesight can have a profound impact on an individual’s life.