Why study science

A science degree equips you with the skills you need for a fulfilling career.

Key facts about Science careers

  • 75% of growing employment areas in Australia require scientific training
  • Unemployment for Science graduates over 30 years old is less than 3%
  • There are 5 jobs for every agriculture graduate in Australia
  • 50% of agricultural positions in Australia are located in metropolitan areas
  • UQ is ranked No. 2 in Australia in Agriculture (and No. 17 in the world)
  • UQ is ranked No. 1 in Australia in Environmental Sciences (and No. 12 in the world)
  • Australia’s population is expected to reach 50 million between 2061 and 2111
  • More than 500 town planning jobs listed nationally on SEEK in just one month*
  • UQ’s Bachelor of Regional Town Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia
  • The health industry employs the highest number of people in any industry in Australia
  • There will be over a quarter of a million new jobs in the health industry over the next 5 years

*As at July 2016

Learn to think like a Scientist

A science qualification opens the doors to an array of occupations you may have not considered. A solid science background can lead you on a career path into research, teaching, industry and business, government, consulting, project management… the potential is almost endless.

Thinking like a scientist is underpinned by skills that employers are looking for, such as:

  • collaboration and teamwork
  • oral and written communication
  • ethical reasoning
  • quantitative skills to apply mathematical and statistical thinking

Enjoy long-term success

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is a priority for the Australian Government, with the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry expected to grow by over 150,000 jobs by 2020.

2011 Census data shows that in the long term, Science graduates' job prospects are solid, with 30 year old Science Bachelor degree graduate unemployment at only 3%.

Create change

A science degree gives you skills and training to tackle the global challenges that confront us in the 21st century. Reducing the impacts of climate change, curing illnesses, advancing economic policy, developing new, life-saving drugs, protecting the environment, exploring space frontiers – all goals are achievable with a strong base of scientific knowledge.

The career profiles showcase real examples of UQ graduates at different stages of their careers. Each profile includes a salary range for that job, the qualifications of each person and a snapshot of their career path. Salary ranges were sourced from CareerCast.com, Seek, Graduate Destination Survey and our graduates themselves.