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 Australia’s energy consumption from 0.8 percent to 1.1 percent over the last decade**, there is a growing demand for scientists in the industry.

The industry faces two important challenges for the future: investment in Australia’s energy infrastructure to support renewable energy, and the need to create new policies to match public expectations regarding a response to environmental changes. 

Careers in Energy & Utilities

With an increasing demand for professionals in this sector, you’ll join the effort to create cheaper and more sustainable sources of energy, water and gas for the future. With a UNSW Science degree, you could be employed in a wide range of roles, working in sustainable energy or wind farms, for a retail provider, or in the field on infrastructure projects.

New infrastructure supporting large scale solar and wind power projects and installation activity will also provide career opportunities. The sector also requires specialist scientists that work on the research and development of environmentally friendly energy solutions.   


Relevant Roles

  • Climate Scientist 
  • Energy Manager 
  • Environmental Consultant 
  • Geochemist 
  • Geoscientist 
  • Hydrogeologist 
  • Minerals Surveyor 
  • Quarry Manager 
  • Water Quality Scientist 

Career Paths at UNSW

Our Science degrees will ensure you have the technical skills, leadership and management, communication and STEM skills to secure a successful career in the Energy and Utilities sector. At UNSW Science, you’ll gain the ability to work in a team, be flexible, and tackle new challenges, which are all essential skills needed when pursuing a career in the industry. If you’re passionate about research and practical approaches and solutions, a career in Energy and Utilities might be for you.

You’ll need a bachelor's degree to  work in the Energy and Utilities sector. UNSW Science offers several undergraduate degrees to give you the foundations and knowledge to secure a career in this industry.    

You could kick start a career in Energy and Utilities with a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) and Bachelor of  Science specialising in climate dynamics, climate systems science, ceramic engineering, functional materials, geography or physical oceanography.

The Bachelor of Environmental Management is particularly relevant to work in this sector as it will teach you the theory and practical skills you need to influence decisions by providing guidance on how to create a balance between economic, social and environmental concerns. 

We also provide double degrees in Science and Engineering that will prepare you for the expertise needed in a wide range of roles which require Engineering accreditation, such as:

  • Energy Engineer 
  • Mining Engineer 
  • Water Engineer 

Explore our science postgraduate options to further specialise your skills for the Energy and Utilities sector. From a Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or a Master degree, you’ll have the chance to develop your existing skills in a flexible environment.

Where Our Graduates Work

Charlotte Iverach

"I discovered my passion for environmental science and groundwater whilst studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science majoring in Geochemistry at UNSW. Completing my doctorate afterwards then introduced me to a different way of looking at the natural world and has provided me with skills to both conduct and communicate science effectively. I now apply these skills to assist in the monitoring of groundwater resources to ensure a sustainable groundwater future for Victoria."

Dr. Charlotte Iverach, Hydrogeologist at Geological Survey of Victoria
UNSW Science alumni