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If you have an inquiring mind and like to ask questions, the Sciences are a fantastic choice and can open up many career opportunities.

Why would I want to be a science professional?

Do you remember that rollercoaster you rode at the local Show? That was only possible because of science. And that chocolate you ate the other day? Science again. Any way you look at it, science has a positive impact on everyone’s lives. Whether it’s designing new medicines, discovering new species or developing better technologies, science improves our lives.

Through studying science you get a better understanding of the world around you. It will also equip you to think analytically and critically, to seek out knowledge and apply what you have learned to a range of real-life situations. In other words, if you study science, the next time you hear someone talking about global warming, the latest drug development or an outbreak of some disease, you’ll be able to jump in on the conversation and give your ten cents worth.

Scientists find work opportunities around the world. Australian scientists and science qualifications are respected in many other countries.

What are the science professions all about?

Not all scientists wear a white coat and work in a lab. You’ll find them asking questions everywhere, including underwater, in space, in a forest, out on an oil rig, down a mine… the list is endless.

You’ll be surprised at how many different areas of science there are. Scientists study everything from the sub-atomic to the extra-galactic.

Whatever it is they do, science graduates can start on annual incomes between $45k and $69.5k (median figures for newly qualified, under 25 year old Bachelor graduates). For example, in these scinces disciplines: Agricultural $50k; Biological $48k; Chemical $45k; Computer $53k; Earth $60k; Geology $69.5; Life $49k; Physical $59k. Mathematics graduates can start on earnings of up to $55k a year. (source - Grad Jobs and Dollars 2013, and Graduate Salaries Report 2013)

Science professions snapshot - facts and figures

You can investigate more about a selection of science professions using our Sciences Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 723 kb).

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Read our professional profiles to learn more about a particular field.

Find out more about the wide range of science careers and roles you can pursue. Then remember to review your Career Action Plan with your teacher or careers teacher.

Get involved

Share your interest with like-minded science fans, through organisations like Young Scientists of Australia, a youth-run organisation for 14 to 25 year olds. Melbourne YSA members get involved in science communication, events and support for school and university students. They also conduct monthly social activities, produce weekly podcast and host a science blog.


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