Science

Career information for your major

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

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • 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

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • 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

Discipline overview

Bionanotechnology is an emerging field that combines principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to understand and control biological processes at the molecular level.

Using bionanotechnological approaches, revolutionary advances are being made in the biomedical sciences, varying from the visualization and manipulation of individual molecules, the use of nanoparticles to deliver drugs to specific sites in the body and the development of nanofabricated architecture to read out the sequence of DNA.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of science and of the validity of different points of view.
  • analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically from a variety of sources
  • communicate about their subject appropriately to a variety of audiences, including the general public, using a range of formats and approaches and employing appropriate scientific language
  • design, plan, conduct and report on investigations, which may involve primary or secondary data

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • University Academics and Research Staff
  • Software Developer

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation). Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • University Academic and Research Staff
  • Applications Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Biomaterials Engineer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Materials Scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Research Scientist
  • R&D Process Engineer
  • Technical Officer
  • Software Developer

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field. 

Below is a list of UOW graduate employers sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • AAM
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Westmead Institute of Medical Research
  • University of Wollongong

The following list of UOW graduate employers as advised by the UOW Alumni Team (up to four years after graduation).

  • Universities Worldwide
  • ANSTO
  • BudMore
  • Clevr
  • CSIRO
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Sprout Scientific The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • PepsiCo
  • QUT institute for Future Environments
  • Trican Well Service
  • Westmead Institute of Medical Research

Formal graduate programs

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

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or academic coursework. If you have other career interests, you may want to research online for relevant post-graduate qualifications. 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).

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines.

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students.

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

 

 

Discipline overview

Cell and molecular biology are one of the most rapid growth areas in science. This field incorporates fundamental components of biological and medical science and has an increasingly important role in many aspects of modern medicine, genetics, evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. This major will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter careers in biomedical science and the biotechnology industry.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • communicate about their subject appropriately to a variety of audiences, including the general public, using a range of formats and approaches and employing appropriate scientific language
  • solve problems by the most appropriate method
  • identify individual and collective goals and responsibilities and perform in a manner appropriate to these roles, in particular those being developed through practical, laboratory and/or field studies
  • develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of science and of the validity of different points of view.
  • develop the skills necessary for independent lifelong learning (for example, working independently, time management, organisational, enterprise and knowledge transfer skills)

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • University Academic and Research Staff
  • Applications Scientist
  • Biology Assistant
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Lab Assistant
  • Lab Demonstrator Health Sciences
  • Lab Technical Officer
  • Medical Scientist
  • Medical Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Officer in Micro Biology
  • Technical Officer

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • Universities Worldwide
  • ANSTO
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Children’s Cancer Institute
  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Department of Environment & Climate Change
  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment
  • Horizon Discovery
  • South Eastern Area Laboratory Services
  • South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra Area Health Service
  • Southern IML Pathology

Formal graduate programs

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

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or academic coursework. If you have other career interests, you may want to research online for relevant post-graduate qualifications. 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).

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines.

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students.

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

 

 

 

Discipline overview

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

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject areas covered in their course
  • skills in communicating scientific material and arguments
  • problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Chemist
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Radiochemist Laboratory Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Clinician
  • University Academic and Research Staff

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Chemist
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Food Chemist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Radioisotopes & Irradiations Manager
  • Safety Officer
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Technical Officer
  • University Academic and Research Staff

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • ALS Laboratories
  • ANSTO
  • Bluescope Steel
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Chemtura
  • CSIRO
  • 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
  • Woodside Energy Ltd

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Also be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Formal graduate programs

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

  • Kraft Heinz
  • Holcim
  • Unilever
  • L’Oreal
  • Mars

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.  

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:

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines.

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

Discipline overview

The study of the Environment is a practical and multi-disciplinary science that spans the biophysical, geochemical, and social sciences and focuses on the interaction between the living and non-living elements of the world, including the role of human impacts. Environmental scientists assess, research, and manage a wide range of environmental issues and provide solutions to emerging environmental problems that face current and future societies. These include climate change, biodiversity, water quality, resource management, waste and pollution and environmental protection and conservation.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • an ability to analyse, synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate information
  • an ability to define complex problems and to develop and evaluate possible solutions
  • an ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats
  • a critical approach to academic literature, data and other sources of information
  • plan, conduct and present an independent project with appropriate guidance
  • conduct fieldwork and laboratory investigations competently
  • reflect on the process of learning and to evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Vegetation Office
  • Bush Regenerator
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Planner

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • University Academic and Research Staff
  • Ecologist
  • Education Coordinator
  • Environmental Adviser
  • Environmental and Health Policy Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Support Officer
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Analyst (Air Quality)
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Grounds and Environmental Manager
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger
  • Natural Resource Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Water Engineer

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of employers of UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Sydney Water
  • Pinnacle ArborPro
  • EcoHort
  • Boating Camping Fishing
  • Roads and Maritime
  • Triple BL Consulting
  • Ngh environmental
  • Clearsafe
  • GHD Pty Ltd
  • Jacobs
  • CPB Contractors

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • BlueScope
  • BHP Billiton
  • Cardno
  • Clearsafe Environmental Solutions
  • CSIRO
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • South32
  • Sydney Water
  • EcoPlanning Pty Ltd
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Geoscience Australia
  • GHD
  • Rio Tinto
  • Woodside
  • Universities Worldwide

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Also be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Formal graduate programs

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

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

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

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:

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work-related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines.

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

Discipline overview

Geology is the scientific study of the physical structure and composition of the Earth, and the tectonic processes that shape our planet. Geologists play a critical role in the discovery, sustainable extraction and management of Earth’s resources.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • knowledge and understanding of subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles
  • an ability to analyse, synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate information
  • an ability to define complex problems and to develop and evaluate possible solutions
  • a critical approach to academic literature, data and other sources of information
  • an ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Earthmoving Labourer
  • Aerial Survey Technician
  • Graduate Geologist
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Heritage Officer
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Strategic Planner (Graduate)

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • Environmental Geologist
  • Environmental 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
  • Project Geologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Resource Evaluation Geologist
  • Spatial Product Compiler
  • Town Planner

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of employers of UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Bega Valley Shire Council - Sapphire Aquatic Centre
  • Nearmap
  • Xenith Consulting
  • Department of Defence
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Goldfields
  • Liverpool City Council

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation
  • Australian Hydrographic Office
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • BlueScope
  • BHP Billiton
  • Cardno
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Industry and Science
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Eco Engineers Pty Ltd
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Geoscience Australia
  • GHD
  • Greenpeace Australia
  • McElroy Bryan Geological Services (MBGS)
  • Newcrest Mining
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Rio Tinto
  • Santos
  • South32
  • Woodside

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Also be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Australian Government - GeoScience Australia – the federal geological survey, is an Australian Government entity within the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio; Based in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

The Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) - part of the NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources; Based in Darwin, Northern Territory.

More information on employment opportunities in Australia can be found on Australia Minerals Careers.

earthworks-jobs  - Many advertised geology related jobs worldwide.

Formal graduate programs

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

  • BlueScope
  • Cardno
  • Newcrest Mining
  • Snowy Hydro
  • South32
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of the Environment and Energy

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Geological Society of Australia - non-profit organisation to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists - members working in many different positions and industries in Australia.

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore  and  or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines.

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

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

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • an ability to analyse, synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate information
  • an ability to define complex problems and to develop and evaluate possible solutions
  • a critical approach to academic literature, data and other sources of information.
  • an ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats
  • plan, conduct and present an independent project with appropriate guidance
  • undertake laboratory and fieldwork ethically and safely

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • University Academic and Research Staff
  • Restorations
  • Guest Experience Host
  • Environmental Consultant

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • Research Scientist
  • Coastal Oceanographer
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Science High School Teacher
  • Marine Support Officer
  • Technical Officer
  • University Academic and Research Staff

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of employers of UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Abril Restorations
  • Hazmat Services
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • University of Wollongong

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • Australian Universities and TAFEs
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • State Fisheries
  • CSIRO
  • Wollongong Council
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Also be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

CSIRO Marine Biology

Formal graduate programs

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

  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • CSIRO
  • Defence Force Recruiting

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

Discipline overview

Medical Biotechnology is the application of exciting advances in molecular and cell biology to medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Through modern technologies such as genetic engineering, biotechnology is shaping diverse aspects of medicine (cancer, vaccines, therapy and diagnosis of genetic diseases), food production (transgenic plants), and industry (bioremediation). 

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • obtain, record, collate and analyse data using appropriate practical techniques, working individually or in a group, as is most appropriate for the subject
  • communicate about their subject appropriately to a variety of audiences using a range of formats and approaches and appropriate scientific language
  • recognise the moral and ethical issues of investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Medical Receptionist
  • University Research and Academic Staff
  • Research Assistant

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • University Research and Academic Staff
  • Bioanalytical Scientist
  • Research Officer
  • Clinical Trial Coordinator
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Medical Physicist Registrar
  • Medical Scientist
  • Physics Lab Demonstrator
  • Product Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Radiation Physicist
  • Scientific Officer
  • Science Teacher
  • Sterility Assurance Technician

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of employers of UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Westmead Institute of Medical Research
  • University of Wollongong
  • The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • Australian Universities
  • ANSTO
  • Abbott
  • AstraZeneca
  • Chatswood Medical Centre
  • CSIRO
  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Illawarra Cardiology Associates
  • NSW Health
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Radiation Oncology Associates
  • Riverina Cancer Care Centre
  • Southern Pathology

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Also be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Formal graduate programs

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

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers the following postgraduate courses.

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

 

 

Discipline overview

Geographers help shape the future by understanding, explaining and predicting both human and physical environments through the study of human and physical forces that shape the planet and the political, social and environmental issues that arise as a consequence of human interactions with the Earth. Never before have geography skills been so important: faced with anthropogenic climate change and predictions of rising seas, bushfires and flooding, geographers will help understand and plan for a sustainable, socially just and resilient future.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of physical environments, human societies and the interactions between the two
  • Strong numeracy skills with strengths in analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data to inform evidence-based recommendations
  • Digital literacy with skills in utilising geographic information systems, databases and spreadsheets
  • Practical research skills with strengths in data collection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation
  • Ability to understand complex matters with knowledge of moral and ethical issues
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving capability
  • Project management, time management, organisation and planning skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Research Assistant
  • Policy Graduate
  • Aerial Survey Technician
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Consultant

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geography and Science Teacher
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • GIS Officer
  • GIS Analyst
  • Land and Spatial Information Officer
  • Environmental Planning Officer
  • Geotechnical Field and Laboratory Technician
  • Ecologist
  • Town Planner
  • Lecturer
  • Researcher

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of employers of UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to four months after graduation).

  • Department of Defence
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Nearmap
  • Arcadis
  • Douglas Partners
  • University of Wollongong
  • Green Connect
  • Sydney Water
  • GHD

The following list of employers of UOW graduates sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool (up to four years after graduation).

  • BHP Billiton
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Rana Environmental
  • Greencap
  • EMM Consulting
  • Sensis
  • Cardno
  • CSIRO
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Rio Tinto
  • Sydney Water

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Also be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies. Here are some of the organisations that take graduates of this discipline.

  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Department of Science and Planning Victoria
  • NSW Public Service Commission
  • KPMG
  • EY
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • BlueScope
  • Cardno
  • Newcrest Mining
  • South32

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

UK Prospects – a UK based career exploration site

Careers with STEM - a student-focussed website that includes surprising STEM careers pathways, insights into the future of work, 100s of diverse STEM role models.

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

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOW Work experience subjects – Formal work integrated learning subjects available at UOW across all disciplines.

GradConnection- Industry internships/ vacation programs

The Forage- Virtual industry internships

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

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