Social Sciences & Advocacy

Career information for your major

Discipline overview

A major in Community, Culture and Environment will equip you with knowledge about Indigenous peoples and the environment, Australian cultures and identities, post-federation Australian literature, children and young adult fictional literature, environmental contexts and current issues and problems and change in the human environment. You will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors including archiving and librarianship, art and design, business development, community and social services, diplomacy, education, government, social policy, politics, production, tourism and hospitality.

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.

  • Discover and synthesize complex information and diverse evidence
  • Ability to consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives
  • Communicate effectively in interpersonal settings, in writing and in a variety of media
  • Assessing the merits of competing theories and explanations
  • Critical understanding of other cultures and practices other than one's own

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).

  • Training Coordinator
  • Student Mentor
  • Retail 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 Tutor
  • Career Consultant
  • Outreach Officer
  • Teacher
  • Project Officer
  • Administration Officer
  • Quality Assurance Compliance Manager

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).

  • Smart Oysters
  • Harris Scarfe
  • 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).

  • NSW Department of Education
  • University of Wollongong
  • Local Government (Council)
  • OysterLife Management

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.

  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • NSW Government Graduate Programs
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

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.

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

Criminologists take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding why people commit crime, how societies conceptualise harm, and why some harms are classed as crimes while others are not. Criminology graduates also investigate how societies respond to crime and whether our responses are effective and fair for offenders, victims and the general community. Job opportunities for criminology graduates lean towards organisations which are linked to the criminal justice system – with an underlying emphasis on the prevention of crime rather than its punishment. Criminology graduates tend to pursue one of three key pathways: practice, research, or policy. Criminology complements other humanities and social science subjects such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, social policy, media studies, political science, and law.

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.

  • Making ethical judgements about methods and published research
  • Written and oral communication skills, including the clear presentation of research procedures, academic debates and the student's own arguments
  • Working collaboratively
  • Developing the ability to reflect in critical and constructive ways on their own learning.
  • Gathering, retrieving and synthesising data and information

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 up to four months out from graduation, sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey.

  • Case Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Project Officer
  • Court monitor
  • Integration Support worker
  • Administrative Staff
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Paralegal
  • Identity Security Officer
  • Police Student
  • Teachers' Aide
  • Retail Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant

The following list is of jobs held by UOW graduates up to three years out from graduation, sourced from UOW LinkedIn Alumni. Some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • Australian Public Service Officer
  • Program Manager
  • Graduate Project Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Assistant Researcher
  • Youth Worker
  • Sentence Admin Officer
  • Casual Contact Worker
  • Child Protection Education Program Facilitator

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 up to four months out from graduation, sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey.

  • Asther Group
  • Auscript
  • Coles
  • Department of Family & Community Services (NSW)
  • Department of Justice
  • Healthscope
  • Justice NSW
  • Kmart
  • Muscat & co
  • NSW Police Academy
  • Southern Youth and Family Services

The following list of UOW graduate employers up to three years out from graduation is sourced from UOW LinkedIn Alumni.

  • Department of Communities and Justice
  • Life without Barriers
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Corrective Services
  • University of Wollongong
  • McKillop Family Services
  • Australia Public Service
  • YWCA Australia

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.

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

Environment and Heritage Management investigates issues of global significance, especially the human impact on the Earth, the management of valuable landscapes, and the planning of cities and regions. Professionals in this area have knowledge and skills across both physical and human geography related to both cultural and natural heritage issues.

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, with awareness of cultural and natural heritage issues
  • 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).

  • Policy Graduate
  • Research Assistant
  • Heritage Consultant
  • Bush Regenerator
  • Technical Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Environmental Officer

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:

  • Heritage Consultant
  • Indigenous Land Management Officer
  • Project Officer
  • GIS Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Field Ecologist
  • Graduate Environmental Scientist
  • Ranger
  • Engagement Officer
  • Zoologist

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).

  • Niche Environment and Heritage
  • Bowantz - Bushfire and Environmental
  • The Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • National Parks and Wildlife
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • University of Wollongong
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Biosis
  • Urbis Pty Ltd
  • Ecology and Heritage Partners
  • Tourism Recreation Conservation (TRC)

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).

  • Niche Environment and Heritage
  • NSW Department of Industry
  • Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)
  • NGH
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Cardno
  • AECOM
  • Biosis
  • Manly Hydraulics Laboratory

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
  • Sydney Water

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.

Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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.

Discipline overview

Geographers help shape the future by understanding, explaining and predicting both human and physical environments. A career in geography or its related fields will help you make an essential contribution to environmental management, urban planning, and the management of social and economic change.

The range of skills gained through a degree in this field will be applicable for roles in sustainable policy development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs), private and public research organisations, infrastructure agencies, and environmental and community-based organisations.

Key employability skills

  • Logical and critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ethical practice
  • Collaboration
  • Organisation and project management
  • Numeracy and statistical literacy
  • Computer applications (inc. geographic information systems)
  • Strong communication skills

Related occupations

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

  • Cartographer
  • Commercial/Residential Surveyor
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Planning and Development Surveyor
  • Town Planner
  • Geographer
  • Researcher
  • Research Assistant
  • GIS Technician
  • Policy Advisor
  • Imagery Analyst
  • Field Technician
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Project Officer
  • Outdoor Environmental Leader
  • Geomorphologist
  • Ecological Risk Assessor
  • Hazards Analyst
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Weatherization Installer and Technician
  • Community Resource Specialist
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Tour Guide
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Land Consultant
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Mapping Technician

Employers

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

  • Expedia
  • Eugene Public Works
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
  • Data Farming
  • Gilmore Resources
  • Scotford & Fennessy
  • BooBook
  • Modis
  • Bushfire Prone Planning
  • MacroPlan Holdings Pty Ltd
  • GMT People
  • Local Councils
  • Hays Information Technology
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • APA Group
  • CNC Project Management
  • Travers Bushfire and Ecology
  • Randstad
  • Pacific Asian Consortium
  • Universities (various)
  • Design and Build

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.

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.

Post graduate/additional studies

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

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, see below examples of postgraduate studies UOW has to offer.

Course information

Discipline overview

Health Promotion is ideal for those interested in a career that enhances the health of the community. The Health Promotion stream is a foundation area of study for work and research that identifies health needs, and targets strategies at an individual, community and population level. Core areas of study include: You will learn the basics of the health sector and develop an understanding of the problems involving health, illness, treatment and welfare. There is an emphasis on the scientific basis of public health, together with social policy and communication aspects. 

Key employability skills

  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Manage, analyse and use data to evaluate, develop and improve outcomes
  • Planning, managing and evaluating programs
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Excellent written communication skills (produce journal articles and papers; translate and present research)
  • Well-developed interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Empathy and an interest in people
  • Research and evaluation skills

Related occupations

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

  • Allied Health Professional
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community Development Worker
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Diversional Therapist
  • Doctor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • Family Relationship Coordinator
  • Family Support Manager
  • Field Interviewer
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Education Manager
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Lifestyle Assistant
  • Nutritionist
  • Participation Project Officer - Workforce Capability
  • Policy Officer/Manager |Project Officer
  • Program Officer /Coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Research Officer
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Support Services Coordinator

Employers

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

  • Alcohol and Drug Foundation
  • Canteen Australia
  • Camp Quality
  • Children's Cancer Institute
  • Employment Office
  • Family Planning NSW
  • Health Justice Australia
  • Hepatitis NSW
  • Jean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Liquid HR
  • Marie Stopes Australia
  • NSW Users & AIDS Association Inc
  • The Big Issue The Benevolent Society
  • The Royal Aust. & NZ College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • The Sax Institute

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.

any graduate employers may take Health Promotion 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.

Course information

Discipline overview

Human Geography is a social science that studies the world, its people, communities and cultures with an emphasis on relations of space and place, combined with a focus on field work, in both teaching and research. Human Geographers find solutions to issues around climate change, economic development, environmental management, population and cultural change, and urban, rural and regional planning. As a Human Geographer you'll make essential contributions to environmental management, urban planning, and processes of social and economic change.

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).

  • Heritage Officer
  • Technical Officer
  • Research Assistant
  • Graduate Strategic Planner
  • Policy Graduate
  • Market Research Interviewer
  • Diversity and Inclusion Officer
  • Assistant Planner
  • 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:

  • Administration Officer – Sustainable Households
  • Assistant Project Officer – Clean Energy
  • Research Assistant
  • Resource Recovery Specialist
  • Tutor
  • Lecturer
  • Waste Education Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Junior GIS Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Education Officer
  • Senior Project Officer
  • Researcher
  • Environmental 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).

  • Wollongong City Council
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • NSW Public Service Commission
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • EY Sweeney
  • The Smith Family
  • SCARF
  • Green Connect

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).

  • Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • University of Wollongong
  • Cardno
  • ReachOut Australia
  • Georges River Council
  • Green Connect
  • Australian Department of Human Services
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Shellharbour City Council

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

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.

Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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.

Discipline overview

Human Services Graduates have a passion for helping people and communities to address inequalities, foster positive social change and create a just society. This degree will prepare you for a career in a range of human services agencies in the Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments as well as non-government organisations, community-based organisations and private service providers.

You will examine how human services are delivered and analyse the planning, funding and regulation of social aspects of human services. You will also gain practical skills through work integrated learning including placements with human services organisations.

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 understanding of, and the capacity to apply and integrate, theoretical frameworks and key concepts relevant to practice in youth and community work
  • the ability to make informed judgements on complex ethical and professional issues in a disputed field and to act appropriately in the light of relevant professional and ethical codes of practice
  • recognise and analyse powerful social policy and media discourses shaping practice, in order to work in the interests of young people and community group members
  • effective communication using written, visual, electronic and oral means with individuals and groups, including presentations
  • Understanding of how welfare institutions operate within broader welfare systems

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.

Being a new course in 2021, there is no available UOW specific graduate data. The following list of potential jobs have been sourced by qualified Career Practitioners at UOW based on industry research. Note that some of these occupations may require further study:

  • Child Safety Officer
  • Youth Practitioner
  • Placement Support Worker
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Community Development Worker
  • Policy Developer/Analyst
  • Aged Care Coordinator
  • Community Development

Employers

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

Being a new course in 2021, there is no available UOW specific graduate employer data. The following list of possible jobs have been sourced by qualified Career Practitioners at UOW based on industry research.

  • Services Australia
  • CareSouth
  • NSW Department of Communities and Justice
  • Mission Australia
  • Shoalhaven City Council
  • IRT

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 Social Services
  • Services Australia
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • NSW Government Graduate Programs
  • Department of Health and Ageing
  • Department of Education and Training

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.

Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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

Occupational Health and Safety Graduates have a broad based understanding of the principles and practices of work health and safety for prevention of injury and disease in workplaces. The specialised knowledge and skills developed allow graduates to confidently address the complex nature of workplace issues. You will have an understanding of Work Health and Safety legislation, rights and responsibilities of the key stakeholders, and concepts and strategies in the management of work health and safety. This includes development of skills in OHS risk management including identification of common workplace hazards, risk assessment procedures and risk control strategies.

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.

  • work with a range of stakeholders, networks, groups and organisations, taking responsibility for an agreed area of shared activity
  • negotiate formally and informally, as appropriate
  • gather and evaluate relevant information from a wide variety of sources, using appropriate manual and digital systems
  • identify and propose solutions to problems, both in relation to the substantive area of health studies and to other educational and social issues
  • analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions

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.

Being a new course in 2021, there is no available UOW specific graduate data. The following list of potential jobs have been sourced by qualified Career Practitioners at UOW based on industry research. Note that some of these occupations may require further study:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Occupational Health and Safety Inspector
  • Occupational Hygienist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Safety and Sustainability Business Partner & Occupational Hygienist
  • Health & Safety Advisor
  • Health Officer
  • Work Health and Safety Manager
  • Workplace Health & Safety Compliance Coordinator
  • Traffic Offender Rehabilitation Program Coordinator

Employers

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

Being a new course in 2021, there is no available UOW specific graduate employer data. The following list of possible jobs have been sourced by qualified Career Practitioners at UOW based on industry research.

  • SafeWork NSW
  • NSW Government
  • Hibbs and Associates Pty Ltd
  • Dulux Group
  • Sun Metals Corporation
  • Broadspectrum
  • Teys Australia
  • Klondu
  • Coffey
  • Cleary Bros

Keyindustry 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.

Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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

Public Health is the art and science of promoting population health, creating health environments and including health in all policies. Public Health practitioners work in government, not for profit and private organisations to improve living standards through preventing infectious diseases and poor health caused by unhealthy lifestyle, enabling positive mental wellbeing based on scientific evidence as well as conducting long terms studies of populations to improve current solutions. A public health degree will allow you to work with communities and populations to improve health outcomes and contribute to a sustainable community.

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 of the discipline of public health, health policy and the determinates of health at a local, national and international perspective
  • Research and evaluation skills with an emphasis on evidence-based practice
  • Project management skills with ability to plan, manage and evaluate programs
  • Ability to manage, analyse and use data to evaluate, develop and improve outcomes
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with diverse audiences and engage with varied stakeholders
  • Problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning ability
  • Teamwork capability to work effectively both independently and with others
  • Digital literacy skills with ability to use varied software programs

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).

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Weight Loss Consultant
  • University Tutor
  • Research Assistant
  • Health Marketing Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Medical Administrator
  • Specialised Programs Coordinator
  • Project Manager - Electronic Medical Record
  • NDIS Support Coordinator

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:

  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Project Officer
  • Public Health Officer
  • AIME South Coast Coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Project and Evaluations Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Research Assistant
  • Data Analyst
  • Population Health Project Officer 

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).

  • Healthy Cities Illawarra
  • Department of Health
  • Wollongong Diagnostics
  • AHM
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association
  • Sydney Heart & Vascular
  • Women’s Centre for Health Matters
  • Ministry of Health and Medical Services
  • Northern Health
  • NSW Health
  • Surf Life Saving Australia
  • Synapse 

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 Health
  • Department of Health
  • Canteen Australia
  • Family Planning NSW
  • University of Wollongong
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Jenny Craig Australia/New Zealand
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • Surf Life Saving Australia
  • Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Co
  • Strathfield City Council
  • Illawarra-Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative

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.

  • NSW Public Service Commission
  • Australian Public Service (APS)
  • Department of Health
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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.

Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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

UOW Illawarra Public Health Society - student society

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

Social policy is the study of the welfare state and welfare theory. It is concerned with actions by government, civil society, the private sector, families and communities to tackle social problems and work towards a more just and equal society. Drawing on other social sciences, including Sociology, Economics and Political Science, this major explores how social policies are developed, influenced, implemented, and evaluated. A degree in this field will enable you to analyse social policies on areas including housing, health, education, welfare and the personal social services, in Australia and internationally.

Key employability skills

  • Cross cultural understanding
  • Numeracy (Statistics)
  • Make reasoned arguments
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Creative problem solving and critical analysis
  • Constructively give and receive critical feedback
  • Communication and interpersonal skills (oral, written, non-verbal, presentation)       
  • Research skills (design, management, interpretation, analysis, critique)
  • Assess, evaluate and synthesize complex information
  • Teamwork and leadership

Related occupations

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

  • Social Policy Officer
  • Social Policy Implementation Project Manager
  • Community Planning Policy Officer
  • Program Support Officer
  • Consultant
  • Strategic Policy Officer
  • Social Housing Officer
  • Property Manager
  • Copy Writer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Government Market Researcher
  • Social Policy Analysis and Evaluator
  • Social Planner
  • Social Impact Assessor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Federal and International Policy Advisor
  • Health Care Management and Policy
  • Project Manager
  • Service Development Manager
  • Social Planning and Impact Assessor
  • Strategic Policy Officer

Employers

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

  • ARC Justice
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Bridge Housing
  • Carrie's Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Service
  • Children's Cancer Institute
  • Climate Council
  • Life Without Barriers
  • Liquid HR
  • Mission Australia
  • The Big Issue
  • The Sax Institute
  • Social Futures
  • YWCA
  • Department of Health and Aging
  • Local Government
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Not for Profit organisations
  • Private Organisations
  • Community Foundations
  • Medical Supply Manufacturers
  • ABS
  • Bundanon Trust
  • Child Support Agency
  • Community Links
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
  • Department of Community Services
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs
  • Eagle Vale Anglican Church
  • Illawarra Multicultural Services
  • Illawarra Retirement Trust
  • Interchange Shoalhaven
  • Kellong Justice Centre
  • Life Without Barriers
  • NBC Employment
  • NSW Department of Families & Community Services
  • QBE Insurance
  • Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • The Disability Trust
  • The Office of the Employment Advocate
  • Waminda
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Department of Family and Community Services

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.

Many government employers take Social Policy 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

Available degrees to study at UOW will be listed here.

Discipline overview

Social workers assist people to develop their capacity and strengths to solve problems and issues in their daily lives. They explore and address social issues confronting communities to change and improve the lives of citizens by using research and evaluation skills, social policy analysis, social planning, and community development strategies

Key employability skills

  • Emotional maturity and empathy
  • Keen analytical abilities
  • Objectivity
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Professional integrity
  • Reflective self-awareness

Related occupations

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

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Aged and Disability Officer
  • Case Manager/Worker
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Community Housing officer
  • Community Project Officer
  • Coordinator of Social Services
  • Counsellor
  • Disability Services Manager
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family Relationship Coordinator
  • Information and Referral Officer
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Mental Health Intake Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Worker
  • Social Researcher
  • Support Worker
  • Welfare Officer

Employers

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

  • ActionAid Australia
  • Amnesty International
  • Anglican Care
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Council for International Development
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • BaptistCare
  • Camp Breakaway
  • Carrie's Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Service
  • Centrecare
  • Children's Cancer Institute
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Immigrations and Border Protection
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Hunter Women’s Centre
  • Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Life Without Barriers
  • MacKillop Family Services
  • Mercy Corps
  • Migrant Resource Centres
  • Mission Australia
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • New Lake Peer Support
  • New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
  • Northern Settlement Services
  • NSW Department of Community Services
  • Oxfam
  • Raymond Terrace Neighbourhood Centre
  • Salvation Army
  • Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia
  • Stretch-A-Family
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • Territory Families
  • The Samaritans
  • United Nations High Commission for Refugees
  • William Campbell Foundation
  • YWCA

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.

A number of employers take Social Work 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.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Course information

Discipline overview

Sociology focuses on the study of human behaviour and social interaction to understand how societies are organised, develop and change. It looks at how people’s lives are influenced by their opportunities and experiences; and the impact that people have on society through taking action and creating change. Sociology provides insights into the ways factors such as class, wealth, race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability and religion shape people’s lives. Most importantly, Sociologists question the common sense and popular explanations of social life and look at the dynamics of power and inequality in everyday life.

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.

  • Gathering, retrieving, and synthesising information
  • Interpreting, analysing, judging and evaluating evidence (numerical, visual, spoken and written)
  • Making reasoned and evidenced arguments
  • Appreciating the complexity and diversity of social contexts
  • Digital and IT skills including statistical analysis skills
  • Written, visual and oral communication skills in a variety of contexts and to different types of audiences
  • Independent working and collaborative group work 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).

  • Administration Manager
  • Support Worker
  • Caseworker (Welfare)
  • Retail Assistant
  • Media Advisor
  • Junior Consultant in Public Relations
  • Digital Marketing Assistant
  • Strategic Planner
  • Paralegal
  • Recruitment Administrator
  • Quality Assurance Assessor
  • Receptionist (General)
  • Disability Support Worker
  • History Teacher
  • Centre Service Officer
  • Member Service Officer (Banking)
  • Compliance Analyst

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:

  • Administration Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • City Growth and Strategy Manager
  • Communications Officer
  • Community Development and Engagement Manager
  • Community Cultural Planner
  • Compliance Officer
  • Education Program Manager
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Project Officer/Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Support Officer (Education)
  • Teacher (History, Society, and Culture)
  • 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).

  • Aspect Australia
  • Catholic Education Office
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
  • Dimension Data
  • Gate Group
  • Harper Collins
  • Hausmann
  • JB Hi-Fi
  • Justice NSW
  • Kathmandu
  • Mission Australia
  • Northcott
  • Red Cross Blood Service
  • Tapestry health
  • The Disability Trust
  • Media Precinct
  • Tutoring For Excellence
  • University of Wollongong
  • Wollongong 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).

  • CareSouth
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • NSW Department of Communities and Justice
  • NSW Department of Education
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • NSW Health
  • TAFE NSW
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Westpac
  • Wollongong City Council

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.

  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • NSW Government Graduate Programs
  • Department of Health and Ageing
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Social Services

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.

  • Prospects UK – UK based career exploration site - Sociology careers
  • The Guardian – Article on Sociology degree career choices
  • Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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.

Check out this video on Applied Sociology Careers, created for postgraduate sociology students at the TASA postgraduate day workshop.

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 interesed in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

Discipline overview

Sustainable Communities professionals possess the ability to appreciate complex environmental, economic and societal challenges, and possess a diverse range of skills needed to provide solutions for sustainable communities. Along with an understanding of the challenges communities face, and the ability to manage them in a volatile world; professionals in this area have discipline specific knowledge across diverse areas including Human Geography, Social Policy, Health and Society, Cultural Studies, Economics and Commerce, Science and Technology Studies, International Studies and Politics.

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, with awareness of the challenges impacting sustainable communities
  • 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.

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:

  • Sustainable Communities Officer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Environmental Assessor
  • Planning and Research Officer
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Climatologist
  • International Aid Officer
  • Program Development Officer
  • Sustainability Officer/Coordinator
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Ranger
  • Research Officer
  • Program Coordinator
  • Resource Recovery Specialist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Campaigner
  • Development Consultant
  • Consulting, Cultural and Heritage Manager
  • Social Sustainability Manager
  • Sustainability Officer/Coordinator
  • Research Officer
  • Program Coordinator
  • Community Engagement Officer
  • Diversity and Inclusion Manager
  • Social Enterprise Manager
  • Senior Project Officer
  • Consultant

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 Ethical Jobs (up to four months after graduation).

  • CSIRO
  • City of Sydney
  • OzHarvest
  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • Niche Environment & Heritage
  • Jacobs
  • Australian Wind Alliance
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • National Parks NSW

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).

  • Edge Environment
  • City of Ryde
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Conservation Council ACT Region
  • Sydney Water
  • SCARF Refugee Support
  • Australian Department of Human Services
  • Water NSW
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • NSW Environment and Protection Authority
  • Aurecon
  • Cardno
  • CSIRO

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
  • Sydney Water

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.

Labour Market Information Portal – 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

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.

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