The field of science and technology encompasses a wide range of jobs, from those working in a laboratory finding a cure for cancer to those using computers to analyse the mineral content of rocks. As such, there are many exciting options available for science technology graduates.
Common graduate roles in this field include:
It's a great idea to take up internships and vacation programs while you complete your degree. This will not only give you practical experience but will also look great on your resume.
In your final year of study, start to look at what graduate programs are available. Here is a list of private businesses worth considering. Closing dates will be indicated on the information provided after you click on the company you are interested in.
Science technology graduates should also consider the following government options:
Competition for graduate roles is fairly high, with opportunities limited in some regions. Graduates may have to consider moving to another location (especially WA or NSW) or accept a ‘lower’ level job and work their way up.
Western Australia is a popular location for those seeking positions that relate to mining, with 50% of geologists and 41% of metallurgists working in the state. There is a range of science technology graduate jobs in the other states, with NSW topping the list for many occupations including 49% of meteorologists, 30% of environmental scientists, 24% of biologists, 24% of zoologists and 23% of science technicians.
Starting salaries will vary depending on the position. Here's a rough guide: