Careers in Science

Science graduates are valued by employers and find rewarding careers across a wide range of industry and government sectors.

Bachelor of Science graduates can pursue careers in many different fields across the globe. Here are some examples of the different career opportunities you can explore.

  • Scientific research

    Research in science and technology can lets you explore everything you’ve learned in your undergraduate studies and potentially become an expert in a particular field. As a professional scientist you may advance pure research, such as sequencing the genetic code of a disease, or undertake applied research to address how to stop the spread of disease.

    Career examples:

    • Research scientist
    • University academic
    • Forensic entomologist

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Science > Professional Scientist
    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Science > PhD > Professional Scientist
    • Bachelor of Science > Honours > Masters of PhD  > Professional Scientist

    More information:

    Science graduate programs

  • Science and the arts

    Graduates who enjoy both the sciences and the arts (humanities, social sciences and languages) will have the skills needed for analytical reasoning, innovative thinking, communication and problem-solving. This will enable you to combine professional science and other industries.

    Career examples:

    • Science editor
    • Communication or marketing manager
    • Science communicator or presenter

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science with breadth in writing and editing
    • Bachelor of Science with breadth in media studies
    • Bachelor of Science with a concurrent Diploma in Languages
  • Science and business

    Science graduates contribute to the development and management of science-based companies. Your ability to deal with technical complexity, analyse and solve difficult problems using rigorous methodologies make you ideal for many business roles.

    Career examples:

    • Business analyst
    • Resource manager
    • Industrial consultant

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science with breadth in business and commerce
    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Management
    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Engineering with business.
  • Science and IT

    You can complement your Bachelor of Science studies with Information Technology to manage the quantity of data generated by scientific research. This can lead you to careers in fields mapping genomes, medical imaging, knowledge management and bioinformatics.

    Career examples:

    • Systems analyst
    • Data mapping specialist
    • Medical imaging physicist

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science with a major in Computing and Information Systems
    • Bachelor of Science with a major in Data Science
    • Bachelor of Science with a concurrent Diploma in Computing.
    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Data Science
  • Science and teaching

    If you have a passion for science, you could share that passion with the next generation of students. The high demand for teaching graduates in mathematics, physical sciences and information technology has seen opportunities across Australia and all over the world for primary and secondary teachers.

    Career examples:

    • Science teacher
    • Museum education officer
    • Education consultant

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science > Master of Teaching
  • Science and engineering

    The Bachelor of Science is your pathway to becoming an engineer. You can earn an international-recognised qualification in fields such as biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical and software engineering. You can also compliment your engineering knowledge with business studies.

    Career examples:

    • Medical software engineer
    • Infrastructure project manager
    • Civil engineer

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science with a Systems major > Master of Engineering

    Bachelor of Science > work experience or internship

  • Science and law

    You can address the need for expert knowledge in both scientific and legal fields. Understanding these concepts will give you the opportunity to work with the commercialisation of scientific research, work with innovative design or project management, and shape the future of scientific research.

    Career examples:

    • Patent attorney
    • Intellectual property lawyer
    • Commercial advisor

    Pathways:

    • Bachelor of Science > Juris Doctor
    • Bachelor of Science with breadth studies in law > Juris Doctor