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Science

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Discipline Overview

Biology is the study of living things. Biologists study organic molecules, cells, tissues, individual organisms, populations, and communities. Biologists use the latest scientific knowledge, tools and techniques in both laboratory and outdoor settings to develop solutions across the areas of biodiversity, conservation, ecology, evolution, genetics, medical research, and molecular biology.

Key employability skills

  • Communicate biological science perspectives and knowledge effectively to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies and communication skills
  • Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving in experimental design and data analysis

Specialised areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Biology

Related occupations

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  • Academic Tutor
  • Administration Assistant
  • Applications Scientist
  • Aquarium Curator
  • Aquarium Staff
  • Biology Assistant
  • Boat Ramp Surveyor
  • Bush Regenerator
  • Bushland Management Officer
  • Demonstrator, Animal Attendant
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Partnership Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Field Ecologist
  • Fisheries Researcher
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • GIS Contractor
  • Health Management Trainee
  • Hospital Scientist
  • Junior Research Scientist
  • Lab Aide
  • Lab Assistant
  • Lab Demonstrator Health Sciences
  • Lab Technical Officer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Medical Technician
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Radioanalyst
  • Research and Investigation Internship
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Officer in Micro Biology
  • Spatial Product Compiler
  • Technical Officer
  • Waste Management Officer
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Ecologist

Employers

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  • AD Instruments Pty Ltd
  • AECOM
  • ANSTO
  • Australian Hydrographic Office
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • B & L Marine Services
  • Biosis
  • BNL Marine
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Department of Environment & Climate Change
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • DPI Fisheries
  • Geo Gas
  • GHD Pty
  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • Illawarra Retirement Trust
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Landmark Nutrition
  • Lourdes Nursing Home
  • Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
  • Merimbula Aquarium
  • Microbial Screening Technologies
  • National Parks & Wildlife Service
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • NSW Health
  • NSW State Emergency Service
  • Primary Health Care
  • SEQ Catchments
  • Shoalhaven Marine and Fresh Water Centre
  • Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation
  • South Eastern Area Laboratory Services
  • South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra Area Health Service
  • Southern IML Pathology
  • Suzlan Energy Australia
  • Symbion Health
  • TAFE NSW
  • The Heart Research Institute
  • University of Sydney
  • UOW
  • Urban Bushland Management Ecological Consultants
  • Western Australian Local Government Association
  • Wollongong City Council

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

A number of employers take Biological Sciences graduates as part of their Generalist streams.

Post graduate/additional studies

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science Honours program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge of biological sciences and achieve their research aspirations. You may also be interested in a Master of Philosophy (Biological Sciences).

Professional bodies and associations

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Course information

Chemistry is the central science that enables us to understand our world at the molecular level. The ability to understand the relationship between structure and function of molecules is critical to understanding the processes of life, of the natural world and of the industrial world.

Key employability skills

  • Exercise critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Communicate clearly and coherently, knowledge and ideas to others.

Related occupations

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  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Chemist
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Food Chemist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Technical Officer

Employers

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  • ALS Laboratories
  • ANSTO
  • Bluescope Steel
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Chemtura
  • Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency
  • Department of Environment & Water Resources
  • Eco Engineers Pty Ltd
  • Ecowise Environment
  • Hubei Chemistry Research Institute
  • Hychem International
  • Jalco
  • McInerney’s Pharmacy
  • Novogen Pty Ltd
  • Nuplex Industries
  • Pfizer Pty Ltd
  • Priceline Pharmacy
  • Sydney Water Field Services Group
  • Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Woodside Energy Ltd

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Below are examples of employers who take Chemistry graduates into their graduate programs.

  • Kraft Heinz
  • Holcim
  • Unilever
  • Mars

Post graduate/additional studies

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge of chemistry and achieve their research aspirations. You may also be interested in:

Course information

Discipline overview

Environmental science and physical geography are practical and multi-disciplinary sciences that span the biophysical, geochemical and social sciences. Physical geographers and environmental scientists study the patterns and processes in the environment caused by the forces of nature, with particular focus on their spatial arrangement, distribution and change over time.  They also look at the interaction between the living and non-living elements of the world, including the role of human impacts. Environmental scientists and physical geographers assess, research and manage a wide range of environmental and ecological issues facing the world and provide solutions to emerging environmental problems that face current and future soocieties. These include climate change, biodiversity, water quality, resource management, waste and pollution and environmental protection and conservation.

Key employability skills

  • Critically evaluate information and data
  • Communicate environmental science perspectives and knowledge effectively to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies and communication skills

Related occupations

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  • Analyst
  • Australian Public Service Graduate
  • Cartographer
  • Culture Collection Heritage Researcher
  • Ecologist
  • Education Coordinator
  • Environmental Adviser
  • Environmental and Health Policy Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Support Officer
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Field Assistant
  • Field Geologist
  • Field Officer
  • Geography Information Science Technician
  • Geologist
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Operator
  • GIS Researcher
  • GIS Technician
  • GIS/environmental Officer
  • Graduate Environmental Advisor
  • Grounds and Environmental Manager
  • Logging Engineer
  • National Green Jobs Team Leader
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger
  • Natural Resource Officer
  • Project Geologist
  • Research Analysis
  • Research Scientist
  • Resource Evaluation Geologist
  • Spatial Product Compiler
  • Student Planner
  • Support Officer
  • Town Planner
  • Trainee Environmental Planner
  • Waste Operations Assistant

Employers

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  • Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation
  • Australian Hydrographic Office
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • BHP Billiton
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Industry and Science
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Eco Engineers Pty Ltd
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • ExxonMobil
  • Geoscience Australia
  • GHD
  • Greenpeace Australia
  • Rio Tinto
  • Santos
  • Woodside

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Below are examples of employers who take Environmental Science graduates into their graduate programs.

  • Sydney Water 
  • CIMIC
  • Snowy Hydro
  • Hydro Tasmania
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Clean Energy Regulator 

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge and achieve their research aspirations. You may also be interested in:

Course information

Discipline Overview

Marine Science is the study of the ocean. Marine scientists look into the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society, and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal resources and regions. They spend their time observing, defining and experimenting with coastal processes, biodiversity and climate change, as well as using emerging technologies to ensure the sustainable management of these environments.

Key employability skills

  • Demonstrate skills in analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information.
  • Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving in experimental design and data analysis.
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others.

Related occupations

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  • Research Scientist
  • Coastal Oceanographer
  • Technical Officer

Employers

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  • State Fisheries
  • CSIRO
  • Wollongong Council
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

A number of employers take Marine Science graduates into their graduate programs.

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

Course information

Discipline Overview

Geology is the study of the earth and its history, the materials and ancient lifeforms of which it is made and the intrinsic processes that create its wealth of natural products.

Geologists gather and interpret data about the Earth for the purpose of maintaining our existence on the planet, increasing our understanding of the planet and improving the quality of our life. They investigate the materials, processes and history of the Earth to aid the discovery of materials of value, identify geologically stable site for major structures, and provide foreknowledge of dangers associated with mobile forces of dynamic Earth. Geologists can locate materials and minerals and advise on extraction, environmental protection, and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Key employability skills

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with geology
  • Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills in locating, discriminating and explaining information in relation to geology
  • Exercise critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate how knowledge and skills can be applied in scientific or scholarly works.
  • Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to others.

Related occupations

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  • Analyst
  • Assistant Field Geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Health Officer Environmental Scientist
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Field Officer
  • Geologist
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Officer GIS Technician
  • Grade Control Geologist
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Logging Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
  • Project Geologist
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Spatial Product Compiler
  • Technical Service Rep
  • Researcher and Demonstrator
  • National Green Jobs Team Leader
  • Mine Geologist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician

Employers

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  • Agurba
  • Alacer Gold Limited
  • Anglo Coal
  • Arrium Mining| Australian National University
  • Auswide Projects
  • Barrack Gold Australia
  • BHP Billiton
  • BHP Coal Pty Ltd
  • Boral National Overlay| Burraga Copper
  • Coal Seam Wireline
  • Cockatoo Coal Limited
  • Coffey Geoscience
  • Department of Defence Earth Data
  • Environmental Consulting Services
  • Geko-Co Pty Ltd
  • Geogas
  • Geological Solutions Geos Mining
  • Harold Read Geology
  • Hatch Associates Pty Ltd
  • Hurstville Council
  • Hydrographic Sciences Australia
  • Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines
  • Lionore
  • Meridian Minerals Ltd
  • Moultrie Group Nalco Australia
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd
  • Noveque
  • Pacific International Mining Solutions
  • Rangott Mineral Exploration
  • Rio Tinto
  • RMS
  • SCT Operation
  • Sensis
  • Shell
  • Sth Industrial Serv Strata Control Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Sydney Gas
  • Triassic Geological Services
  • University of Wollongong Wilbar Technology
  • WMA Media
  • Xstrata Coal Queensland

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Below are examples of graduate employers who take Geology graduates into their graduate programs.

  • Holcim
  • SMEC
  • CIMIC Group
  • GHD
  • Rio Tinto
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Thales
  • Woodside
  • Glencore
  • Evolution Mining

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge and achieve their research aspirations. You may also be interested in:

Course information

What can I do to be proactive right now?

  • CRL100 and CRLP200 are elective subjects that help you clarify career direction & obtain work experience.
  • Further information on future prospects, salaries and future trends for particular roles of interest can be found in Job Outlook.
  • You can also explore the careers of other UOW graduates on the LinkedIn Alumni tool
  • Access the Hidden Job Market to find employment with small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).
  • Find out about Graduate Recruitment Programs, fast tracked career pathway programs for graduates.
  • Career Action Plan gives you concrete actions throughout your degree to pursue your career goals
  • Career Central Resources are easy to access and can provide you with knowledge about employment
  • CareerHub Plus is an online library to improve student, graduate and alumni employability
  • CareerSmart/CareerSmart Discovery Tool are comprehensive & interactive career development tools

 

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