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.
Across the globe, innovation is estimated to be worth $1.6 trillion**. In Australia, Government and Industry support for innovation is strong. The National Innovation and Science Agenda plans to take Australia into the top tier of innovation nations by 2030**.
Careers in Innovation
Innovators work across all sectors that rely on continuous improvement for their success.STEM areas including Aviation, Data Science, Microbiology, Astronomy and Biotechnology are all based on innovation.
Many organisations require constant evolution of their products and services to stay competitive. The development of new technologies and solutions is facilitated by innovation professionals or Research and Development (R&D) departments. Within these departments are professionals who focus on developing new concepts as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
An R&D Manager can lead research projects, monitor research and development strategies and oversee leading-edge developments in the sector.
Not all innovators work for large organisations or within teams. Some innovators leverage their entrepreneurial skills to market new ideas through their own start-ups.
- Research and Development Manager
- Innovation Consultant
- Director of Innovation
- Chief Innovation Officer
- Service Designer
- Research and Development Lead
- Program Director
- Business Development Lead
- Product Manager