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careers guide
    an invitation
from THE DEan of SciEncE

                    Science is not just         Located in a world-class, state-of-the art
                    a field of study. it is     facility, research at UTS Science is
                    also a philosophy and       top-notch and cutting-edge which includes
                    a way of viewing the        impacts and effects of climate change,
                    world. Scientists are       forensic science and biology, nanotechnology,
                     critical thinkers, using   health technology, mathematical modelling
                     evidence to justify        of complex systems, infectious and parasitic
                     beliefs in how the         diseases, imaging and marine biology.
                     universe, the world        As the Dean of a lively and stimulating
                     and life work.             Faculty, I have the good fortune to work with
It opens all kinds of doors – both expected     many excellent researchers and teachers,
and unexpected!                                 students and support staff. I look forward to
It is a recession proof profession – as         helping UTS Science continue to thrive and
curious beings, we raise questions that         grow, and to make significant contributions
need answers and solutions. I invite you to     to Australia and globally through our
become part of this world of discovery!         graduates and our research.

Come and join us at UTS Science, a vibrant
and dynamic Faculty, melding technology
and creativity to advance our knowledge and
capabilities. Students learn and experience
modern applications of science geared           Professor Bruce milthorpe
towards practice that will create greater       Dean of Science
opportunities for rewarding employment.         University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

science and Maths
  rEwarDing carEEr
             A national study of employment outcomes
             for Science degree holders was commissioned
             by the Australian Council of Deans of Science,
             with the aim to better understand what
             graduates do with their science degrees,
             how undergraduate science courses might
                                                               an invitation from the Dean of Science       2
             address the needs of graduates and the
             demands of emerging national priorities.          Science and maths a rewarding career?        3
                                                               index                                        3
             The analysis is based on investigating existing
             data, surveying 1245 Science graduates from       why Science at UTS - the competitive edge!   4
             Australian universities through online surveys,   Enabling sciences                            6
             face to face and telephone interviews.            Science and maths matters                    8
                                                               applied Physics                              10

             KEy finDingS wErE:                                Statistics                                   10
                                                               maths and finance                            10
             > a Science degree is an effective entry
                                                               maths and computing                          10
               into employment. 80% are employed full-
               time, 12% part-time, 3% unemployed and          medical science                              10
               6% are not in the workforce.                    Science                                      10
                                                               Biotechnology                                10
             > 75% thought their undergraduate science
               degree was key factor in getting their          applied chemistry                            12
               current job.                                    forensic science                             14

             > 46% were employed into a professional           nanotechnology                               16
               or managerial role in the first year after      mathematics                                  18
               graduation.                                     Environmental biology                        20

             > majority (80%) agreed that their                Environmental forensics                      22
               undergraduate degrees provided them             Biomedical science                           24
               with skills such as analytical, problem         forensic biology                             26
               solving knowledge of specific subjects,         Traditional chinese medicine                 28
               ability to use research, inform analysis,
                                                               maths graduate attributes                    30
               make decisions and the awareness that
                                                               maths facts                                  31
               knowledge is always being revised and
               expanded.                                       UTS Bachelor of Science flexible             32
                                                               Successful combinations                      33
             > across all occupational groups, graduates
               generally expressed positively and              what’s next after your first degree?         34
               satisfaction with their work.

SciEncE aT UTS
the coMpetitive edge!

wE’rE PracTicaL                                                            wE’rE inDUSTry rELEvanT
Students are exposed to laboratory and clinical work from day one          We know what industry is looking for from our graduates because
of their study. Facilities are modern and cutting-edge, similar to those   we ask! Courses are regularly reviewed to ensure they are current
used in advanced commercial laboratories. Excursions and field             and sought-after in industrial and commercial practice.
trips are common features in our environmental sciences programs.
Mathematics students receive extensive experience with relevant
application softwares.                                                     wE’vE worLD cLaSS faciLiTiES
                                                                           UTS have achieved a number of world-firsts, through the acquisition
We are committed to ensuring students graduate with the skills,            of the DeltaVision OMX 3D-Sim Super-Resolution Microscope, one of
knowledge and experience that employers’ want and value.                   only two in the world and the only one in Australia. This crucial tool
                                                                           opens enormous possibilities in the development of new drugs and
oUr graDUaTES arE in DEmanD                                                treatments for infectious diseases.
Employers tell us that UTS graduates have developed a reputation           To compliment this, our unique elemental bio-imaging facility
as savvy, professional, creative, technologically capable, experienced     examines metals and their interactions with proteins, the study
and work-ready.                                                            of which holds vast potentials in the detection and treatments of
UTS Science courses achieve the ideal balance between theoretical          diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
learning, practical experience and expertise. This means that when
students graduate with a UTS Science degree, they are already in           inTErnaTionaLLy rEcogniSED QUaLificaTionS
demand.                                                                    The UTS Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Science
According to the Australian Graduate Survey 2008 results, UTS              (Biomedical Science) are the only degrees of this kind accredited
graduates employment rates were 87% in the first three months upon         by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) in Sydney.
completing their degrees.                                                  This accreditation allows graduates to practice in overseas
It is also definitely worth considering postgraduate studies at UTS        laboratories in the USA and the UK.
because according to the same survey, the employment rate for              Graduates from most of our courses have the opportunity to work
UTS Science postgraduate graduates were 100%.                              in a wide range of international locations because UTS Science’s
                                                                           qualifications are widely recognised and accredited.

         “I always knew
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oUr ProgramS arE fLEXiBLE                                               innovaTion anD rEaL rESEarcH
We recognize the challenges many students face these days               Besides our commitment to teaching good applicable science, UTS
including work, family and social commitments. As a result,             is also dedicated to pursuing research that advances innovation and
our degrees are designed to be flexible.                                technology, or that provides solutions to the most significant issues
Students can choose their major at the beginning or end of their        facing our world.
first-year of study. There is no need to restrict your options either   Research strengths and groups within UTS Science spearhead this
because you can choose from a range of second and third year            goal through interactions and collaborations with industry and other
subjects. This flexibility enables you to pursue areas of interest      institutions. These researchers are also the academic workforce, who
to you, while keeping your career options open.                         teaches our students and provide an environment for students to
                                                                        network with potential employers.

QUaLificaTionS wiTH morE oPPorTUniTiES
A UTS Science degree can be combined with a degree from another         grEaT LocaTion
UTS Faculty, such as Business, Engineering, Law or International        As a student or researcher at UTS Science, you will be located in the
Studies. Students who choose to undertake a combined degree             vibrant Broadway and Haymarket city precincts. UTS Science is a
will graduate with two degrees in a shorter timeframe, giving them      short walk from train and bus transport options available at Sydney’s
an innovative specialisation or broader career options. Bachelor of     Central train station and Railway Square bus station. You can easily
Science graduates can also go on to postgraduate studies in other       walk to shops, restaurants, Darling Harbour, cinemas, theatres and
faculties, such as business, communications, education or law.          the affordable food halls of Chinatown and Broadway.
Past graduates have undertaken many exciting and dynamic degree
combinations which have undoubtedly given them the edge in a
competitive marketplace.

EnaBLing SciEncES:
what are they?
why are they iMportant?

at UTS, we use the term ‘enabling sciences’ to refer to the three       PHySicS
foundation disciplines of all scientific study: physics, chemistry      Physics examines matter and energy, and how they relate to each
and mathematics.                                                        other. This is the theoretical knowledge you will be taught during a
A basic knowledge of these fundamental sciences is essential for any    physics degree, but industry-recognised skills and attributes you will
career in science or technology. Specialising in one of these three     gain that are what makes physics graduates some of the most sought
enabling sciences can be the most versatile and rewarding courses       after in the workforce.
available, one which opens many doors for its graduates.                Physics graduates can think critically, logically and be able to solve
Students often do not realise the vast career options available to      problems of all kinds, which are invaluable skills in many industries
graduates of the enabling sciences, and therefore prematurely           from law to computing, communications to engineering.
discount a degree in one of these disciplines.                          Some career directions for physics graduates include:
Physics, chemistry and mathematics form the basis for many              > Harry is a biomedical engineer. His job involves the development of
scientific or technological applications and discoveries, and as          new medical equipment, and he is currently working on the design
innovation and technological advancement are the driving force            for a heart valve.
behind today’s globally competitive economy, it makes good career       > Rebecca is a numerical modeller. She created a model which
sense to gain the versatile skills an enabling science degree will        predicts weather patterns and now works on analysing the data
award you.                                                                produced.
In today’s hectic work-place the only things you can count on are       > Adam is a flight software engineer. He is responsible for the
change and growth. Throughout your career, you will need to have          development and testing of flight-related software.
the fundamental skills to be able to adapt to meet the rapid pace
of social and technological development. A degree in one of the         > Melissa is a weather broadcaster. She combined her degree with
enabling sciences does not only offer a thorough understanding of the     communications and now works on a major network.
foundations of science, but will also provide you with the analytical   > Gary is a patent attorney who examines and verifies applications
skills essential in virtually any industry today.                         for patents for scientific inventions.
For a variety of career options available to graduates with an          > Zac is an aeronautical research scientist who consults on new
enabling degree, see the following.                                       designs at a major car company.

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maTHEmaTicS                                                               cHEmiSTry
Of all the science disciplines, mathematics is possibly the most          Chemistry is the study of interaction between matter and energy,
underestimated. Most high school students struggle to see how the         and the changes they undergo during chemical reactions. It is a very
study of numbers equates to the ‘real world’, and don’t realise how       exciting area because chemistry is the central link between physics
useful and versatile this knowledge can be. You may not have really       and biology. There are still many unanswered questions and ‘real
thought about the many industries that rely on mathematicians to          world’ problems which humanity faces on a daily basis, the answers
function and prosper; finance, marketing, stock management and            to which are fundamental to the development and continuation
predicting environmental changes are just a few.                          of society as we know it. Chemical studies can deliver the answers
UTS prides itself on being a practical university for the ‘real world’.   to these issues.
As such, we work hard to relate the teaching of mathematics and           Chemistry is central in such issues as terrorism control,
statistics to practical ‘real world’ issues which range across many       understanding environmental changes and improvements in
industries. So step outside the box, and discover all the angles a        the health care sector to name but a few. It can be applied to
maths degree can offer you.                                               developments in practically any industry, and so chemistry graduates
Some career directions mathematics graduates                              are offered an almost endless list of career prospects.
have taken include:                                                       Some career options chemistry graduates
> Elizabeth is a statistician who works on clinical drug trials.          have taken include:
  She is responsible for analysing the data taken from trials to          > James is an Organ Solar Cell Scientist whose job involves
  assess the effects of a drug.                                             developing improvements in flexible electronics.
> Haydn is a cryptographer. He works on ensuring the security             > Dinah is an Electronics Production Leader responsible for the
  of ATM machines.                                                          development of new electronic devices used in national security and
> Luke is an applied mathematician working for the meteorological           anti-terrorist organisations.
  society. He predominately works on weather forecasting.                 > Tara is a Medicinal Chemistry Associate who provides support
> Ian is developing his own music software which can be used for            for disease cure and prevention drug discovery programs.
  writing and recording music.                                            > Daniel is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He completed
> Alyson is an actuary who works in a large insurance company.              postgraduate chemistry studies and has been invited to teach
  She is responsible for calculating insurance risks for new customers.     at one of the leading educational institutions in the USA.

> Madison is a mortgage banker. She is responsible for dealing with       > Benjamin is a Fermentation Microbiologist who works on
  new mortgage applications at a major Australian bank.                     characterising and developing new fermentation strains in the
                                                                            green energy industry.
> Flynn is a stock market trader who buys and sells shares
  for clients.                                                            > Jasper is a Lab Development Manager who is currently working
                                                                            collaboratively to develop the ‘ideal’ laboratory design.

SciEncE & maTHS maTTErS:
the difference
between science
and Maths at                                    > University means: science and maths really matters.
                                                  The experiments you do show real results that can be applied

school and at                                     in the real world.
                                                > University means: discovery. Science at university asks students

university                                        to puzzle out the answers for themselves. No one will give you the
                                                  answers or tell you how to find them. Lecturers and tutors are
                                                  there to guide you, but you will need to learn to think and reason
                                                  for yourself. This is the best way to remember what you learn and
                                                  understand its relevance.
                                                > University means: more experiments. Not only will you need to
                                                  solve problems for yourself, but more in-depth learning leads to
                                                  more complex experiments, and far more interesting ones. Ever
                                                  wanted to create your own viral cultures? Or study the cannibalism
                                                  of beetles? Studying science at UTS means you will be doing these
                                                  kinds of experiments!
                                                > University means: access to cutting-edge equipment. UTS Science
                              ause it is
    “UTS attracted me bec                         has had a $100 million face lift, making it one of the best facilities
     the  pioneer in nanotechnolo                 in the southern hemisphere. It is also home to one of only two
     studies in Au  stralia. I had 24/7           DeltaVision OMX 3D Super-Resolution microscopes in the world,
                                , state
     access to sophisticated                      and the only one in Australia. All equipment is available for student
      of the art electron scanning
                                  are             use under the correct supervision, and the high ratio of equipment
      devices, and the people                     to students means you can be in sole control of your experiments
      really friendly, supportive and
                                  which           from beginning to end.
      always willing to help –
      is a hug e bonus!.”                       > University means: a bigger understanding. All science disciplines,
      marTin BLaBEr
                                                  from maths to biology, physics to chemistry, are related.
                                nce (Honours)
      Graduate, Bachelor of Scie                  At university, these links become clear and students gain a far
      in Nanotechnology
                                                  better understanding of science as a whole, as opposed to seeing
                                                  it fractioned into many different areas.
                                                > University means: like-minded people. The scientific community at
                                                  UTS is dynamic and innovative. Lecturers, tutors and students alike
                                                  are united by their passion for science. This creates the perfect
                                                  atmosphere for new ideas to be created and developed, and for new
                                                  discoveries to be made.
                                                > University means: a kick start to an exciting journey of life-long
                                                  learning and career opportunities.

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SPEcific major                                                                                         SPEcific major

applied physics                                                                                        MatheMatics and finance
                                                   SPEcific major

PoSSiBLE joBS                                      statistics                                          PoSSiBLE joBS

Conservator, Metallurgist, Meteorologist,                                                              Financial analysis, stock market prediction,
Physicist, Coal Geologist, Accelerator                                                                 portfolio management, pricing and predictive
                                                   PoSSiBLE joBS
Operator, Sensory Biophysicist, Astrophysicist,                                                        modelling, financial risk management,
Atmospheric and Environmental Physicist,                                                               setting insurance rates or premiums, market
                                                   Research and Development Manager,
Atomic and Molecular Physicist, Condensed                                                              researcher, consultant financier, valuer,
                                                   Statisticians, Mathematics teachers,
Matter Physicist, Cosmologist, Medical                                                                 quantity surveyor, banker, policy advisor,
                                                   Academia, Marine Resource Statistician,
and Health Physicist, Nanotechnologist,                                                                quantitative analysis, quantitative modelling,
                                                   Statistical Modelling Analyst, Bioinformatics
Nuclear/Particle Physicist, Optical Physicist,                                                         quantitative trader, bursar, cost accountant,
                                                   Research, Statistical Modelling Analyst,
Noise Consultant, Materials Analyst or                                                                 finance manager, forensic accountant,
                                                   Actuary, Biometrician, Environmental
Scientist, Biophysics Consulting, Biophysics                                                           investment analyst, taxation consultant,
                                                   Statistician, Forensic Statistician, Government
Administration, Acoustical Physics Testing and                                                         treasurer or economists.
                                                   Statistician, Health Service Statistician, Market
Consulting, Condensed Matter R&D, Testing
                                                   Research Statistician, Medical Statistician,
and Consulting, Science communication,
                                                   Pharmaceutical Statistician, Banks,
Health Physics, Exploration and Consulting,
                                                   Biostatistician, Mathematical Statistician or       PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS
Medical Physics Diagnoses and Exploration,
                                                   Statistical Modelling Analyst.
Fluid and Plasma Physics, Quality Control,                                                             CSIRO, Durham Consultants, Correlix,
Industrial Hygiene, Design Development,                                                                Proxime, Atlas, Real Resourcing, Boston
Energy and sustainable research and product                                                            Consulting, McKinsey, Banks, Australian
                                                   PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS
development, Science teacher, Academic                                                                 Mathematical Society, Accenture, ACT
or Lecturer.                                                                                           Department of Treasury, ALDI, Woolworths,
                                                   AMIS, ICE-EM, CSIRO, Aust MS, Garvan
                                                                                                       ANZ Bank, Arup Pty Ltd, Australian Bureau of
                                                   Institute, Royal Statistical Society, Lockheed
                                                                                                       Statistics, Australian Defence Force, Bureau
                                                   Martin Energy Systems, Australian Bureau of
PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS                                                                                     of Meterology, Centrelink, Commonwealth
                                                   Statistics, Data Analysis Australia, Australian
                                                                                                       Bank of Australia, NasDaq, Deloitte, First NZ
                                                   Government Antarctic Division, AGRF and
Energy Australia, Origin Australia, ANZ                                                                Capital, Colonial First Portfolio, Ford Motor
                                                   Statistical Society of Australia.
Bank, Defence Force, Bureau of Meteorology,                                                            Company, IBM, Insurance Australia Group,
Defence Science and Technology Organisation,                                                           Linfox, Productivity Commission, Railcorp,
Dept of Communications, IT and the Arts,                                                               Suncorp, Elements Research, The Aerospace
KPMG, MasterFoods Australia, Nova                                                                      Corporation, Applied Mathematics Inc.,
Corporation, NSW Fire Brigades, Orica Ltd,                                                             McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Clemson
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Woodside Energy,                                                               Apparel Research, National Institute of
Australian Synchrotron, NASA, ANSTO,                                                                   Standards and Technology, Space and Naval
Higher Education Sector, Secondary Schools,                                                            Warfare Systems Center, Bell Labs, Chemical
Australian Institute of Physics, Australasian                                                          Industry Institute of Toxicology, Institute
College of Physical Scientists and Engineers,                                                          for Defense Analyses, Boeing Information
Australian Research Council, AGRF,                                                                     and Support Services, Eastman Kodak, 3M,
Australian Institute of Physics and Institute of                                                       Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems,

                                          ssible Jobs
Microelectronics                                                                                       GORCA Systems, Inc. and Australian
                                                                                                       Mathematical Society.

                                           and eMployers
SPEcific major                                    SPEcific major                                          SPEcific major

Maths and coMputing                               Medical science                                         science

PoSSiBLE joBS                                     PoSSiBLE joBS                                           PoSSiBLE joBS

Computer systems auditor, investment              Laboratory manager, medical scientist, medical          Dependent on your chosen major but
analyst, computer programmer, systems             imaging technician, human factors researcher,           here are some examples - Research and
analyst, mathematician, resource modeller,        Anaesthetic Technician, Cardiac Technician,             Development Manager, Science high school
management consultant, maths researcher,          Operating Theatre Technician, Pharmacy                  teacher, Academia, R&D Support Technician/
intelligence analyst, games developer,            Technician, Medical Research, Cancer                    Prototyping, Analysts, Analytical Chemist,
information systems development and research      Research, Gene therapy, Embryology, Medical             Quality Control Packaging Technician,
or computing and software design.                 Scientist, Geneticist, Pharmaceutical, product          commercialisation, management and
                                                  development, medical journalist or writer,              entrepreneurship, investment advice, business
                                                  health professions, nutrition or pathology.             analyst, technical officer/manager, Process
PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS                                                                                        development technologist, Environmental
                                                                                                          scientist/officer, Device Engineer, Marine
Accenture, ACT Department of Treasury,            PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS                                      engineer, hydrologist or geologist.
ALDI, Woolworths, ANZ Bank, Arup Pty Ltd,
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian       Westmead Children Hospital, Children’s
Defence Force, Bureau of Meterology,              Medical Research Institute, Hospitals, AGRF,            PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS
Centrelink, Commonwealth Bank of Australia,       Australian Society for Medical Research,
NasDaq, Deloitte, First NZ Capital, Colonial      Australian Defence Force, Dept of Health and            CSIRO, Schools NSW, AGRF, GRLaw, Gemteq
First Portfolio, Ford Motor Company, IBM,         Ageing, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade,              Executive, Linc Energy LTD, Earth Systems PTY
Insurance Australia Group, Linfox, Productivity   Dept of Veteran’s Affairs, Insurance Australia,         LTD, Hays Manufacturing and Ops, Australian
Commission, Railcorp, Suncorp, Elements           Lion Nathan, Medicare Australia, Pathology              Synchrotron, One Steel, Engineers Australia,
Research, The Aerospace Corporation,              laboratories, Pfizer, Unilever, Victorian               SIMS, ESE Engineering Recruitment, MCS
Applied Mathematics Inc., McDonnell Douglas       WorkCover Authority and NSW Fire Brigade.               Consulting, Environment Jobs, Australasian
Corporation, Clemson Apparel Research,                                                                    College of Physical Scientists and Engineers,
National Institute of Standards and Technology,                                                           AGRF, APESMA, Institute of Microelectronics
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center,                                                                   and PNNL.
Bell Labs, Chemical Industry Institute of
Toxicology, Institute for Defense Analyses,
                                                   SPEcific major
Boeing Information and Support Services,
Eastman Kodak, 3M, Lockheed Martin Tactical
Aircraft Systems, GORCA Systems, Inc., Sandia      biotechnology
National Laboratories AMIS, CSIRO, NASA,
AGRF and Australian Mathematical Society.
                                                  PoSSiBLE joBS

                                                  Biotechnologist, Microbiologist, Food and Wine Producer, Science and Technology Technical Officer,
                                                  Cancer Research, Secondary School Teacher, Academic or lecturer, Gene therapy, Embryology,
                                                  Molecular Scientist, Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Food
                                                  Science and Technology, Microbiologist, Geneticist, Biologist or Food Technologist.

                                                  PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS

                                                  CSIRO, Biotech Australia, IBID, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Kelly Scientific Resources,
                                                  AIBN Research Group, AgResearch Ltd, Accenture Australia, AGRF, Australian Biotechnology
                                                  Association and Institute for the Biotechnology of Infectious Diseases.


     applied cheMistry
                                         in a nutshell, i profile radioactive waste for a living. my team is responsible for ensuring
                                         that only non-radioactive waste leaves anSTo for disposal. we profile the waste and
                                         separate the radioactive and non-radioactive elements. This way, we minimise the
                                         radioactive waste to be disposed. i’d say we’re similar to ‘border security’- protecting the
                                         environment and community! where else in australia could i get a job as cool as this?

                                         My area of expertise is in gamma radiation,       industries. The first was environmental
                                         its interaction with matter and its monitoring.   monitoring where I worked in an
                                         In the mornings, I come in and do daily           environmental laboratory analysing samples
                                         calibration checks and maintenance on our         for volatile organic compound. I also worked
                                         instruments to make sure they are working         in the food and beverage industry at Coca
                                         fine before use. After that, I process to do      Cola. This was in the quality assurance labs
                                         scans for gamma radiation on 200ltr drums         and yes, taste testing was part of the process.
 NAME: roland wong                       of solid waste and collect the data. After a      I also worked at an aerosol quality control
                                         batch of about 20-30 drums, I’ll sit down with    chemist for the company that makes Mortein
 JOB:                                    the raw data and convert it into something        fly spray. All this, and I’ve yet to try the
 radiochemist, waste operations group,   with real meaning and generate certificates       pharmaceutical, military, forensic, medical
 ansto (australian nuclear science and   of analysis for each drum scanned. Based          or regulatory affairs industry!
 technology organisation)                upon my results, the drums of waste will then     As part of the UTS degree, a one year
                                         undergo classification of radioactive or non-     industrial placement was offered. I took it in
 DEgREES:                                radioactive.                                      my third year and worked at ANSTO to learn
 bachelor of science                     Studying Applied Chemistry at UTS allowed         about nuclear science, and more specifically
 in applied chemistry, uts               me to try the different aspects of chemistry      radiochemistry. This year gave me the nudge
                                         and this is how I became aware of the wide        in the direction I eventually took, but there
                                         range of jobs out there. I didn’t know exactly    were many other career paths I could have
                                         what I wanted to do, so I tried out various       gone in.
                                                                                           There are many areas of speciality in
                                                                                           chemistry. These include organic, analytical,
                                                                                           inorganic, physical, etc. I feel that I’m a bit of
                                                                                           an all rounder when it comes to chemistry
                                                                                           because of my degree at UTS. I feel confident
                                                                                           in applying for any chemistry related jobs
                                                                                           out there because I have this excellent
                                                                                           foundation. There are such a variety of
                                                                                           industries that require people with chemistry
                                                                                           background and knowledge.

SPEcific major

applied cheMistry


Chemists, Food and Wine Producer, Laboratory
Technician, Science teacher, QC Analyst
(Pharmaceutical), Process Development
Technologist, Life Sciences Software Account
Manager, Aquatic Chemist, Chemical
Oceanographer, Analytical/Clinical Chemist,
Development Chemist, Environmental Chemist,
Geochemist, Organic Chemist, Research
Chemist, Regulatory Toxicologist, Molecular
Scientist, Organic analytical chemist and
Regulatory Toxicologist.

Advance Analytical, CSIRO, ANSTO, SIMS,
AGRF, The Australian Centre for Plant
Functional Genomics, Alcan Inc, ALDI, ANZ,
AusAID, Amcor Australasia, Australian Defence
Force, Austrlain Secret Intelligence Service,
BHP Billiton, Bluescope Steel, Boral Limited,
Chevron, Honeywell, Kellogg Brown and Root
Pty Ltd, NSW Fire Brigades, Rio Tinto, Sydney
Water, Technip Oceania, Thales, Unilever, Visy,
Roads and Traffic Authority and many more.


     forensic science
                                             as a forensic toxicologist, i work with a team of people at the Division of analytical
                                             Laboratories (DaL) to determine drugs and poisons in mainly post-mortem samples.
                                             occasionally we get ante-mortem samples and other exhibits, but most of the work
                                             we do is on coronial cases. i currently lead a team which performs specific extractions
                                             to analyse samples for certain groups of drugs.

                                             My day-to-day work mainly involves reviewing     What I loved about UTS was the practical
                                             cases and writing reports. Other duties          approach we had to learning about science
                                             include performing extractions, running          and that it wasn’t all about the theory. Theory
                                             samples on our instruments, assessing and        is great to give us a foundation but until you
                                             checking results from the techniques used by     get into practice, you can’t learn anything new
                                             our team before releasing results to the other   and can’t grow. I remember the lecturers
                                             analysts for their cases, and making sure that   and lab demonstrators were always very
                                             the team continues to run smoothly.              supportive and happy to help in whatever
                                             In my line of work, I am involved in fighting    way they could.
                                             crime through science. I was originally          When I graduated, I didn’t find it difficult
                                             inspired toward this idea by the novels of       at all to get work at all and I know a lot of
                                             Patricia Cornwell. I am able to help the         friends from my course who found work very
                                             families of the deceased find closure and        quickly as well. Not all went into forensics,
                                             in this way I’m playing an important role        but our degree was focussed very much on
 NAME: vanessa shaw                          in contributing to the community.                analytical chemistry and that gave us a huge
                                             There are always new things to learn at          variety of career options both within forensics
 JOB: forensic toxicologist,                 work. The scientific community in general is     and in other fields. Forensic careers include
 division of analytical laboratories (dal)   very focussed on progress – there is always      crime scene investigation and becoming a
                                             research being done and scientists love          scene of crime officer (SOCO), ballistics and
                                             to discover new things or improve existing       firearms, chemical criminalistics and physical
 bachelor of science in applied              technologies and analytical techniques. There    evidence, drugs and clandestine laboratories,
 chemistry in forensic science               are many forums and seminars held for            forensic toxicology and much more. There
 with 1st class honours, uts                 forensic science as well as general sciences     are also many career options not related to
                                             where we share what we have learned and          forensics including analytical chemists in the
                                             discovered. This leads to more research and      pharmaceutical industry, petroleum industry
                                             more discoveries. It’s a constant process.       or water analysts. The joy of having such

a versatile degree is that if you don’t know
exactly what you want to do, you have the
option to try your hand in different areas.

In my industry it is especially important to
be able to relax and switch off from work,          SPEcific major
so you need some interesting pass-times.
I love to go horse riding and fishing and have      forensic science
also been scuba diving and sky-diving which
give two very different views. I have always
loved adrenaline rushes – roller coasters and       PoSSiBLE joBS
other scary rides at amusement parks – so
sky-diving was the next step. I love the feeling    Scene of Crime Officer, Forensic Trace Evidence
of freefall when you jump out of the plane          Specialist, Laboratory manager, Analytical
and you feel the air whooshing past your face.      Chemist, Science teacher, Academic or lecturer,
Then, once the parachute is opened, you relax       Clinical Toxicologist, Forensic Toxicologist,
and take in the absolutely amazing view as          Regulatory Toxicologist, Forensic Entomologist,
you float down to land. It’s a totally incredible   Forensic Scientist, Toxicology Consultant,
experience and I recommend it to everyone!          Team Leader in Investigations, Forensic
                                                    Chemist, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic
                                                    Dentistry, Laboratory Service management or
                                                    operations, Research Associate.

                                                    PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS

                                                    NSW Police Force, Australian Federal Police,
                                                    Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Crime
                                                    and Safety Australia,Forensic Science Services
                                                    Branch, Forensic Services Group, AGRF,
                                                    Forensic Science, Department of Police and
                                                    Emergency Management, National Institute of
                                                    Forensic Science, NIFS, Victorian Institute of
                                                    Forensic Medicine, Forensic & Data Centres,
                                                    Document Examination Section, Identity
                                                    Branch, National Measurement Institute,
                                                    Defence Science and Technology Organisation,
                                                    IBM, Australian Scret Intelligence Service.


                                           i work for an organisation called the national measurement institute. The institute is
                                           the authority body for the measurement system in australia and we look after physical,
                                           chemical and legal metrology issues. i often use the expression that metrology is the
                                           science of measurements, and this is what we work with. we collaborate with international
                                           colleagues at similar institutions world-wide to ensure that if you measure (for example)
                                           a metre in australia, it is the same as in america, japan or france.

                                           My working time is spent in research,             project, and found that particular area very
                                           independent and collaborative lab work            interesting. At that time, there were only a few
                                           and writing. My main tasks involve the            instruments in the world that were designed
                                           measurements of nano-particles and we             to measure this film, and one of them was
                                           are currently involved in an international        made by CSIRO in Australia, so I spent the
                                           collaborative project on the particle size        last 4 months of my degree working on a
 NAME: Åsa Jämting                         measurements of nano-particles in a thin          research project here. It was very exciting to
                                           film. There is also some new work on the          work closely with the group at CSIRO who
 JOB:                                      measurements of difference aspects of             were involved in the manufacturing of the
 Metrologist and research scientist ,      carbon nano-tubes in the pipelines. We have       instrument, and when the opportunity came
 national Measurement institute            several students working with us, so some         up to do research for a PhD in this area,
                                           of my time is taken up by supervising them.       I could not resist accepting it.
                                           We also carry out client work, including          My PhD thesis was on the measurements
 Master of science in Materials science,   measurements and report writing.
 sweden (similar to an applied physics                                                       of mechanical properties, such as hardness
 and advanced Materials Masters            I work in the nano-metrology section              and elastic modulus, of thin, sol-gel derived
 degree at uts)                            of the institute, and we are currently            TiO2 thin films. These films have the potential
                                           establishing infrastructure for highly accurate   to be used in a range of applications,
 phd Mechanical properties                 measurements on the nano-scale in support         including solar cells and window coatings.
 of sol-gel thin films, uts                of the nanotechnology industry and research.      The deposition technique can create very
                                           Much of our time is spent on finding out the      dense films with properties close to those
                                           fine details about measurement techniques         of the bulk material, but often there is some
                                           and instrumentation used in our area. We          porosity in the films. This can affect the
                                           are currently focusing on two main areas; the     performance of the film, and so there arises
                                           measurement and characterisation of nano-         the need to measure these changes.
                                           particles and the realisation of what is called   Although I didn’t do my undergraduate
                                           a metrological atomic force microscope.           studies at UTS, I have been involved in
                                           As an undergraduate student in Sweden,            different aspects of the physics degree taught
                                           I specialised in materials science. During        here. I strongly believe that the skills students
                                           this degree, I did some research work             learn in this program are invaluable for the
                                           on measuring the hardness of thin film            type of work that we do at the NMI. Our work
                                           materials in my final undergraduate               comprises of a great deal of lab work, where

the appropriate experiments have to be
                                                    SPEcific major
devised and run, then the results analysed.
A solid foundation in physics is extremely
useful in this.                                     nanotechnology
My affiliation with UTS has been terrific. I find
the staff very approachable, and interested         PoSSiBLE joBS
in collaborative work. The work I have been
carrying out at UTS has been well supported,        Material scientist/research, polymer scientist,
with both practical assistance and many             composite technologist, entrepreneurial,
useful discussions. We have had several             investment advisor, product development and
students from UTS working at the NMI, both          commercialisation, nanotechnologist, science
undergraduate students and PhD students.            teacher, academia, technical officer, imaging
                                                    specialist, research associate or assistant, drug
They have been great, and we are always
                                                    deliverance researcher, Nanolithography and
interested in more! Of course, this is only one     Platform Project Officer.
direction you can take with a physics degree.
If you like doing physics, go ahead! It’ll
provide a lifetime of fun opportunities!!!!         PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS

                                                    Nanoink, Bluglass, Pilkington, Wattyl
                                                    Paints, ANZ Bank, Defence Force, Bureau of
                                                    Meteorology, Defence Science and Technology
                                                    Organisation, Dept of Communications, IT
                                                    and the Arts, KPMG, MasterFoods Australia,
                                                    Nova Corporation, NSW Fire Brigades, Orica
                                                    Ltd, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Woodside
                                                    Energy, Australian Synchrotron, NASA,
                                                    ANSTO, Higher Education Sector, Secondary
                                                    Schools, Australian Institute of Physics,
                                                    Australasian College of Physical Scientists and
                                                    Engineers, Australian Research Council, AGRF,
                                                    Australian Institute of Physics and Institute of


                                       it is important for students to understand how relevant mathematics is to the ‘real world’
                                       and how versatile mathematics skills can be. otherwise, they can be unaware of the
                                       amazing job prospects available to maths graduates. i often use music as an example.
                                       Sheet music is the language that describes the sounds to be made, but the music is
                                       what you hear – it is the phenomenon. it is the same with maths. maths is the language
                                       of science, but what you see is the physical phenomenon. Pure mathematicians can see
                                       the beauty in maths itself, whereas i’m more interested in the practical application and
                                       functionality. for me, maths is a tool.

                                       My role as a portfolio manager means                 The main skill you learn during a science
                                       I look after an international share portfolio        degree, no matter what discipline, is the
                                       worth about $3 billion which is invested in          ability to conduct scientific processes;
                                       mining and energy shares. I am responsible           collecting data, collating that data, analysing
 NAME: Joanne warner                   for finding the best companies with strong           what could go wrong, working out what
                                       growth prospects in as many different                inherent biases might have been present in
 JOB:                                  commodities as possible. This gives my               your experiment. All these things teach you
 senior portfolio Manager, colonial    company a diversified portfolio. In order to         how to analyse information and this clarifies
 first state global asset Management   be successful in this type of job, you need          your thought processes in all aspects of life.
                                       quite a wide range of skills. Of course,             In life, we are constantly being presented
 DEgREES:                              maths is the language of the stock market,           with situations that we have to assess quite
 bachelor of science                   but my chemistry studies also taught me              quickly. Having the rigorous training a science
 in applied chemistry, uts             the necessary problem solving skills. Good           degree provides helps in all types of decision
                                       communication is also essential as I am often        making. This is a skill recognised and valued
                                       on long conference calls all over the world.         by all types of employers. The analytical skills
                                       However, it is important to realise that you         I rely on to succeed in the financial world all
                                       will need to keep learning throughout your           stem from my science degree.
                                       career. You don’t just learn things at uni and       I was also fortunate enough to study in an
                                       are then set for life. It doesn’t work that way.     environment where I was nurtured by several
                                       To learn this sector, I’ve spent a lot of time       mentors. Several lecturers and even the
                                       travelling to mines and speaking to people at        Dean of the Science Faculty at the time of my
                                       the forefront of this industry. In the last twelve   studies were very supportive of me. This is
                                       years I’ve done more than 350 journeys to            hugely important. They kept pushing me to
                                       different mines and sites in different               do more and achieve more, and without this
                                       countries. This enables me to put my                 encouragement I would have missed many
                                       financial knowledge into context.                    opportunities. Opportunities come along in
                                                                                            many forms and it is sometimes necessary
                                                                                            to accept help from others in order to reach
                                                                                            your full potential.

SPEcific major



Mathematicans, Math teachers, Optometrist,
Radiologist, Meteorologist, Statistician,
Stockbroker, Town planner, Market researcher,
Economist, Actuary, Materials Engineer,
Financial Analyst, Consultant Financier,
Valuer, Quantity Surveyor, Investment Analyst,
Resource Modeller, Management Consultant,
Intelligence Analyst, Oceanography, Financial
Analysis, Financier, Portfolio Management,
Pricing and Predictive Movements of
Money Markets, Banker, Policy Advisor,
Strategic Planning, Physical Oceanographer,
Mathematical Modelling, Cryptography,
Real and Complex Analysist, Survey
Methodology, Consultant Statistician, Data
Miner, Mathematical Geologist, Biostatistician,
Mathematical Statistician, Landscape Modelling
and Analysis or Modelling Developer.


Accenture, ACT Department of Treasury,
ALDI, Woolworths, ANZ Bank, Arup Pty Ltd,
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian
Defence Force, Bureau of Meterology,
Centrelink, Commonwealth Bank of Australia,
NasDaq, Deloitte, First NZ Capital, Colonial
First Portfolio, Ford Motor Company, IBM,
Insurance Australia Group, Linfox, Productivity
Commission, Railcorp, Suncorp, Elements
Research, The Aerospace Corporation,
Applied Mathematics Inc., McDonnell Douglas
Corporation, Clemson Apparel Research,
National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center,
Bell Labs, Chemical Industry Institute of
Toxicology, Institute for Defense Analyses,
Boeing Information and Support Services,
Eastman Kodak, 3M, Lockheed Martin Tactical
Aircraft Systems, GORCA Systems, Inc., Sandia
National Laboratories AMIS, CSIRO, NASA,
AGRF and Australian Mathematical Society.

             l biology

                                        The most inspiring aspect of my work is that it brings me to the forefront of scientific
                                        discovery and this is a very rewarding place to be. The research i am involved in is
                                        of global significance and my findings have implications for the future of our planet.
                                        Predicting the effect of climate change is an essential step in learning how we can reduce
                                        the impact humans are having on our planet, and develop methods for adapting to the
                                        expected shifts in our changing world.

                                        My work activities are very diverse.             released into the atmosphere through
                                        I enjoy frequent field trips to local and        human activities not only warms the globe
                                        international destinations for independent       through the Greenhouse Effect, but also
                                        and collaborative research, and I also travel    leads to ocean acidification. I have also been
                                        to present my work at national and overseas      involved in polar research which gave me the
                                        conferences. My research specifically involves   opportunity to visit East Antarctica in 2007
 NAME: dr ross hill                     identifying the impacts of climate change on     where I conducted a series of experiments
                                        marine ecosystems. This has taken me to          on sea-ice algae.
 JOB:                                   some of the most bio-diverse and pristine        Scientific research is an exciting area to be
 lecturer, environmental sciences,      coral reefs in the world where I study the       involved in because the world of science
 university of technology sydney        effects of rising ocean temperatures on          is constantly changing and breakthroughs
                                        the health and survival of corals. When in       are occurring more rapidly. With access
 DEgREES:                               Sydney, I spend my time in the laboratory,       to new and powerful technologies at UTS
 bachelor of science in environmental   writing up papers for publication or applying    and the availability of generous research
 biology (majoring in Marine biology)   for grant opportunities to fund my work.         funds, collaboration across disciplines and
 with honours.                          A considerable amount of my time is spent        between research groups (both internally and
 phd science, uts                       teaching undergraduate students in lectures      externally to UTS) is innovative, encouraged
                                        and practicals, as well as supervising           and well supported.
                                        postgraduate research students.
                                                                                         I didn’t have many issues finding a job. Once
                                        From a young age, I had a passion for the        I completed my PhD, I planned to continue
                                        environment and an interest in the sea,          my research and teaching career by applying
                                        so when it came time to choose what              for post doctoral positions. I was successful
                                        direction I wanted to take for a career, the     in securing a four year Chancellor’s Post
                                        answer was easy. I wanted to be actively         Doctoral Research Fellowship at UTS. No
                                        involved in curbing the human impact on the      motivated or hard-working students should
                                        environment and in helping to understand         find it difficult to get work once they have
                                        and protect all species found on this planet.    completed their degree. The degrees at
                                        There are many areas of concern in marine        UTS provide students with both field and
                                        ecosystems. One particular area of interest      laboratory skills, from a contemporary
                                        to me is coral bleaching. This is becoming       and research-driven perspective. They
                                        more frequent and widespread and can             also provide the opportunity to undertake
                                        lead to the death of large areas of reef.        internships which is a fabulous way to
                                        Another area I have been studying, and           get experience and to network with future
                                        where there is still more work to be done,       employers. This provides graduates with the
                                        is the ‘evil twin’ of global warming – ocean     competitive edge they need to be successful.
                                        acidification. The large amount of CO2
                                                     SPEcific major
Of course research isn’t the only career
path open to Environmental Biology                   Marine biology
graduates. I was also offered the opportunity
to pursue a career as an Environmental
Technician at the NSW Department of                  PoSSiBLE joBS
Environment and Climate Change, but this
                                                     Marine Biologist, Life Scientist, Baykeeper,
was only one option in many.                         Aquaculture Microbiologist, Fisheries Ecologist,
                                                     Marine Mammal Response Scientist, Marine
 SPEcific major                                      Education Specialist, Marine Ecologist,
                                                     Exploration, Scientific and Commercial Diver,
 environMental biology                               Fisheries Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Marine
                                                     Biotechnologist, Environmental Research
                                                     Scientist, Science Secondary School Teacher,
 PoSSiBLE joBS                                       Oil Rig Research, Marine Surveyor, Marine
                                                     Biochemist, Marine engineer, Fisheries Officer,
 Biologist, Environmental Research Scientist,        Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officer, Fisheries
 Environmental Consultant, Life Scientist,           Observer, Ecological modeller, Entomologist
 Technical Officer, Secondary School                 Aquaculture Technician, Marine Biologist,
 Teacher,Academics or lecturers, Aquatic             Ecologist, Data Analyst, Laboratory Technical
 Ecologist, Coal Geologist, Geological               Officer, Research Assistant, Policy Analyst
 Oceangrapher, Environmental, Botanists, Plant       or Advisor, Diver, Data Analyst, Field Officer,
 Ecologist, Plant Pathologist, Plant Physiologist,   Fisheries Health Technician, Planner, Land
 Plant Taxonomist, Biological Scientist, Field/      Management Officer, Resource Officer, Ranger,
 Exploration Geologist, Hydrogeologist/              Biosecurity officer, Sea Farm Manager, Science
 Hydrologist, Mine Site Geologist, Stratigrapher,    writer/editor, Environmental Education Officer,
 Structural Geologist, Pest and weed                 Technical Adviser, Risk Analyst, Weed Control
 controllers, Entomologist, Ecologist, Land          Officer or Marine Surveyor.
 Economist or Mapping Scientist.
                                                     PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS
 PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS                                  Sea world, Disneyland, Taronga Zoo, Sydney
                                                     Aquarium, Wildlife parks, Crown Research
 CSIRO, Arup Pty Ltd, BHP Billiton, Local            Institutes, Department of Conservation,
 Councils, BlueScope Steel, Chevron, Connell         ERMA New Zealand, Ministry of Fisheries,
 Wagner, Ernst & Young, Ford Motor Company,          Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand,
 George Weston Foods Ltd, Linc Energy                HortResearch, Landcare Research, Regional
 LTD, Earth Systems Pty Ltd, AGRF, GHD               Councils, City Councils, Cawthron Institute,
 Ltd, Goulburn-Murray Water, Lend Lease              Eart Systems Pty Ltd, AGRF, Australian Marine
 Coporation, Orica Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff,        Sciences Association, Sydney Water, Dept
 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schlumberger           of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dept
 Oilfield Australia, Sunwater, Sydney Water,         of Environment and Climate Change, Local
 Thales, Thiess Pty Ltd, Unilever, United Water,     councils, Australia Antartic Division
 VicRoads and Visy.                                  and Fisheries farm.

                 l forensics

                                        i always knew i wanted a career where i would be able to make a difference and help
                                        protect the environment, but working out how to do that felt very daunting when i was
                                        in high school. i now work at the cSiro Land and water and what i do directly benefits
                                        the environment and the community which is very rewarding. Through my work,
                                        i play an important role in monitoring contamination with routine tests on effluents
                                        and discharges and am also heavily involved in new research developing guidelines
                                        and regulations in regards to the disposal and discharge of solid and liquid wastes.
                                        The research involved in this is interesting and stimulating and i’m always learning and
                                        developing new skills. i get to work in a variety of areas including aquatic and sediment
                                        ecotoxicology, and analytical chemistry.

                                        Our work here at CSIRO Land and Water             also in charge of culturing all of our tests
                                        plays a crucial role in environmental             organisms and maintaining our laboratories
                                        protection. We have developed a range of          and equipment.
                                        chemical and ecotoxicological methods and         The environmental forensics degree at
                                        concepts to solve complex environmental           UTS is the only one of its kind in Australia
 NAME: francesca gissi                  assessment issues. Chemical contamination         so not many people understand fully what
                                        in waterways, estuaries, coastal areas, soils     it involves. Students are taught a variety
 JOB:                                   and ground waters can be caused by liquid         of skills which can be applied in a range
 research projects officer in aquatic   and solid wastes. This can affect natural         of careers. The focus is on environmental
 ecotoxicology, csiro land and water    ecosystems and human health. To effectively       science and protection, the impacts of
                                        manage such wastes, it is essential to            human activities on the environment,
 DEgREES:                               understand the type and extent of any effects     resource use on ecosystems, and how
 bachelor of science in environmental   of contamination and to define acceptable         evidence of this can be interpreted into a
 forensics, uts                         limits for concentrations of different            legal and regulatory framework. The skills
                                        contaminants. My main role in the group           taught in the course are interdisciplinary,
                                        is to conduct bioassays using a range of          with theoretical studies as well as practice
                                        organisms which are ecologically significant,     based- field and laboratory classes. Students
                                        such as marine and freshwater, tropical and       learn the practical skills of an environmental
                                        temperate algae, freshwater fleas, marine         scientist, but also how their skills can be
                                        copepods, and marine bacteria Microtox.           used in a court of law, or how their work can
                                        I set-up tests which expose the organisms to      assist in developing guidelines which will
                                        the contaminant and from this I devise how        protect the environment.
                                        toxic the sample is, and by how much it has
                                        to be diluted before it can be safely released    UTS is a great university because of
                                        into the environment.                             its strong industry ties. This area is no
                                                                                          exception. CSIRO and UTS have a good
                                        On a day to day basis, I am usually               relationship and have worked together on
                                        conducting some sort of toxicity tests, which     numerous research projects. It is through
                                        also involves statistical analysis of the data,   this relationship and because CSIRO plays
                                        as well as metal and ammonia analysis             such an important role in nurturing
                                        using various analytical methods. I am            and supporting young scientists, that

I started working for them. Each year at
                                                SPEcific major
CSIRO Land and Water Lucas Heights,
two undergraduates are recruited as
trainees for a year. One position is in         environMental forensics
analytical chemistry and the other in aquatic
Ecotoxicology, which I was lucky enough to
get. The internships are advertised through     PoSSiBLE joBS
lecturers at uni each year.
                                                Conservation consultant, Environmental
I think there are a huge variety of jobs that   Officer, Environmental Research Scientist,
a person graduating with this degree can        Environmental Consultant, Technical Officer,
get. If you undertake further studies as a      Secondary School Teacher, Education Officer,
postgraduate, you can become a research         Environmental Contaminants Officer, Urban
scientist, and develop new and important        and Environmental Planner, Entomologist,
                                                Contaminated Land Consultant, Principle
methods of monitoring and protecting the
                                                Consultant, Sustainability Consultant,
environment. There is the option of becoming    Environmental Specialist, Hydrogeologist,
an environmental analyst in something like      Forest Education Officer, Toxicology Consultant
chemical monitoring. One could become           or Water Treatment Consultant.
involved in environmental protection and
remediation, developing strategies to revive
destroyed ecosystems. There is also the         PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS
option of entering in to education.
                                                CSIRO, Arup Pty Ltd, BHP Billiton, Local
The scientific community as a whole is a        Councils, BlueScope Steel, Chevron, Connell
very supportive and nurturing one. Scientists   Wagner, Ernst & Young, Ford Motor Company,
like research and discovery, and will assist    George Weston Foods Ltd, Linc Energy
younger scientists in getting there because     LTD, Earth Systems Pty Ltd, AGRF, GHD
                                                Ltd, Goulburn-Murray Water, Lend Lease
that’s the future. I have found both at UTS
                                                Coporation, Orica Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff,
and at CSIRO that the scientific community      Roads and Traffic Authority, Schlumberger
is very welcoming and supportive. There is      Oilfield Australia, Sunwater, Sydney Water,
always help available and senior scientists     Thales, Thiess Pty Ltd, Unilever, United Water,
are always willing to share their knowledge     VicRoads and Visy.
and advice.


 bioMedical science
                                       The biomedical science degree provides graduates with a fantastic platform from which
                                       to build a career in almost any area of medicine. career opportunities range from working
                                       in research in a nearly limitless range of medical disciplines from the study of disease
                                       to forensic analysis, or it provides the option to take on further specialised study in areas
                                       such as pharmaceuticals or anatomy. it is often necessary to go on to further study and
                                       specialise in order to get your dream job, but this is the same for many other jobs in
                                       unrelated faculties, such as law or business. However, when you find the area you love,
                                       postgraduate study isn’t really a sacrifice. i plan to continue studying medicine and will
                                       definitely go on to postgraduate studies.

                                       During my studies, I was lucky enough to         I have always known I wanted to work in
                                       get the chance to volunteer for the Red          science, even when I was studying high
                                       Cross working in their donor mobile. This        school biology. I was lucky in this respect
                                       was a great learning experience which            and had no problem working out what uni
                                       taught me how many different disciplines         course I wanted to do, but studying biology
 NAME: christopher Mclean              can work together, such as administration,       at university is very different to studying it at
                                       medical, public relations, etc. The nurses and   school. When I first started at UTS in 2006,
 JOB:                                  administration staff who run the blood donor     the Science Faculty had just unveiled its
 still a student                       mobiles do an amazing job and should be          brand new science building which was pretty
                                       given many accolades. I was honoured             impressive. The facilities are fantastic and
 DEgREES:                              to work with them and learn from them.           because of this we are able to conduct very
 bachelor of biomedical science, uts   My involvement helped get a donor mobile         interesting experiments.
                                       to Ultimo TAFE. We used it as a way to further   The scientific community is a challenging
                                       educate biomedical science students on the       but rewarding community to be a part of.
                                       technical need for blood donors, and also to     It comprises people who are leaders in
                                       promote membership of AIMS, the Australian       research and health care. They publish their
                                       Institute of Medical Scientists, because         findings which are then critically analysed
                                       numbers of students have been dwindling.         by other members of the community. The
                                       My favourite aspect of the biomedical science    scientists at UTS are always investigating
                                       course is probably the medical diagnostics.      and conducting research. There are definitely
                                       In this subject, we are given the case           lecturers who will go to any length to help
                                       study of a patient and are then required to      students, who are passionate about the
                                       methodically work through the test results,      success of their students and about ensuring
                                       such as cardiac enzymes and other blood          students understand the concepts of this
                                       tests, and reach a diagnosis. It can often be    complex area of study.
                                       like solving a puzzle, and finding the right
                                       result is very rewarding, not just for me
                                       but for my patient as well!

SPEcific major

bioMedical science


Medical lab manager, Cytologist, Biochemist
Microbiologist, Research Associate,
Agricultural, Medical and Science Technicians,
Secondary School Teacher, Cancer Research,
Gene therapy, Embryology, Infectious Disease
Dignostics, Biological Oceanographer,
Microbiology Technician, Microbiologist,
Geneticist, Biologist or Pathology Medical


Children’s Medical Research Institute, Hospitals
NSW, Accenture Australia, AGRF, UTS Institute
for the Biotechnology of Infectious Diseases,
ALDI Australia, ANZ Bank, Australian Defence
Force, Defence Signals Directorate, Dept of
Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dept of Transport
and Regional Services, KPMG, Lion Nathan,
NSW Fire Brigades, PricewaterhouseCoopers
and Unilever Australasia.


 forensic biology
                                   as an anatomist, most of my days are spent preparing anatomical teaching specimens.
                                   anatomy is a three dimensional subject – you are able to show students what you’re
                                   explaining, whereas many other disciplines, such as quantum physics, are far more
                                   conceptual. anatomy cannot be understood from looking at a two dimensional image
                                   or reading a description in a text book. it’s equivalent to a mechanic trying to learn how
                                   an engine fits together by just studying from a book. with anatomy it is impossible
                                   to appreciate and understand how bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels work
                                   together unless you can trace their path. many structures undulate over, under, around
                                   and through others, so being able to see this first hand on a specimen is invaluable.
                                   although human evolution hasn’t changed anatomy greatly in recent times, there
                                   is always variation between individuals; as such i am constantly learning and being
                                   surprised by the human body.

                                   The Forensic Biology degree at UTS has           Career options for forensic biology graduates
                                   a strong foundation in the bio-medical           may include all the bio-medical options as
                                   sciences, with the inclusion of Crime Scene,     well as specific forensic areas. There is the
                                   Human Remains and DNA Profiling. There           research and teaching field, such as what
                                   are study areas in haematology (which is         I do, but also DNA profiling, other areas of
 NAME: clare bodimeade             the study of blood), epidemiology (the study     human identification and of course one of the
                                   of disease), histology (the study of tissues),   more popular career paths is to work for the
 JOB:                              immunology (the study of the immune              police either in a lab-based capacity or as a
 technical officer (anatomy),      system), microbiology (which is the study        Scene of crime officer.
 university of technology sydney   of microscopic organisms) and molecular          I find my work rewarding, inspiring and
                                   biology as well as many other medical            I continue to be fascinated by the way the
 DEgREES:                          science disciplines to choose from. The          human body works. I feel that it is really
 bachelor of forensic biology      forensic biology degree is almost like doing
 in biomedical science, uts                                                         important to have anatomy resources for
                                   a biomedical science degree but with a           students, as the students I teach will go
                                   forensic element. This provides a versatile      on to careers where they propagate health
                                   platform from which to build a career in         within the community in many different
                                   many areas. An interesting bio-medical           ways. Forensics is such a broad field with so
                                   science option is anatomical pathology,          many options available, however one thing is
                                   which involves working with tissues samples.     consistent across them all; you will certainly
                                   This can be a very rewarding career because      have an interesting and challenging career...
                                   sometimes surgeons need lab tests done           although crimes are not solved within a one
                                   on tissue from patients who are still on         hour episodes!
                                   the operating table. These tests need to be
                                   accurate and fast, and they often provide the
                                   information that will save the patient’s life.

SPEcific major

forensic biology


Forensic scientist, forensic specialist,
forensic officer, Scene of Crime Officer,
Technical Officer, Research Associate,
Science teacher, Forensic Microanalysis,
Forensic Trace Evidence Specialist, Forensic
Toxicologist, Forensic Physician, Team Leader
in Investigations, Forensic Biologist, Hospital
Specialist or Laboratory Services


Australian Federal Police, NSW Police,
Forensic Science Services Branch, Forensic
Services Group, AGRF, Department of
Police and Emergency Management, DAL,
Department of Forensic Medicine, National
Institute of Forensic Science, NIFS, Victorian
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Pathology
labs, Hospitals, Australian Secret Intelligence
Service, Australian Defence Force, Medicare
Australia, Defence Science and Technology
Organisation, IBM and Australian Centre for
Plant Functional Genomics.

                   e Medicine

 traditional chines
                                     working in this area of health care is very rewarding because the positive results of my
                                     work are obvious in my patients. i absolutely know that i am contributing to society and
                                     making the lives of those in my community better. i have a passionate interest in chinese
                                     medicine and firmly believe that it can be beneficial in helping people both achieve and
                                     maintain health, balance and harmony in their lives. working with people and learning
                                     something new every day means i am constantly inspired and challenged in my work.

                                     I have always had an interest in health care.      language as well. I know of some graduates
                                     Before I discovered Traditional Chinese            who went on to work as translators after
                                     Medicine, I worked in the field of medical         completing this degree.
                                     microbiology for a number of years. This           I rent a room in a GP clinic for part of the
                                     was mostly lab work and I always missed            week, and I also practice in a chiropractic
                                     having contact with patients. It wasn’t until      clinic. The great advantage of setting up
                                     I travelled to South East Asia that I discovered   my own business is that I am very flexible
                                     the wonderful benefits of Chinese Medicine.        with where I work. I find that working within
                                     I engaged in a little reading and took a few       different clinics gives me exposure
 NAME: Marienne cox                  very basic introductory courses to find out        to patients with very different conditions.
                                     a little more about this field. In no time at      I like the variety. In general it’s not difficult
 JOB:                                all I was hooked and wanted to share this          for TCM graduates to find work – there are
 practitioner of acupuncture and     wonderful form of medicine with everyone!          many opportunities. As with many other
 chinese herbal Medicine             That lead me to enrol in the course at UTS,        professions, networking is important.
                                     and now here I am four years later, recently       If people know you and know you are
 DEgREES:                            qualified and excited about the prospects of       available to work, opportunities have a habit
 bachelor of health science in       developing my own practice.                        of opening up.
 traditional chinese Medicine, uts   Opening your own practice is the most              The health community is a very diverse group.
                                     common option to TCM graduates. This can           I find it interesting and inspiring to work with
                                     take on various forms – you can rent a clinic      health professionals specialising in a variety
                                     space; rent a treatment room in an existing        of different medical modalities. I work with
                                     multi-modality medical practice where there        GP’s, psychologists, massage therapists and
                                     are a range of medical options available e.g.      chiropractors. UTS provided good support for
                                     GP, physio, chiropractor; or you can rent a        me during my years as a student. They have
                                     treatment room in a ‘like-minded’ business         some very gifted lecturers and practitioners
                                     e.g. yoga studio, health food shop. There are      who always have time to help. The student
                                     other options for graduates, and these are         clinic provided many learning opportunities.
                                     much the same as in conventional medicine.         I‘m still in touch with some of my clinic
                                     They include working in businesses related         supervisors, and they continue to offer help
                                     to the practice of TCM such as equipment           and advice with difficult and interesting
                                     supplies. The range of equipment used              cases. Chinese Medicine is becoming more
                                     varies depending on the practitioner but we        mainstream, and people love it!
                                     all need acupuncture needles and herbal
                                     supplies! Students can also choose to do a
                                     double degree in which you learn the Chinese

SPEcific major

traditional chinese


Private practitioner, Clinical therapist,
Nutritional and health consultants, Academia,
Clinical Research Associate, Acupuncturist,
Homoeopath, Naturopath, Traditional Chinese
Medicine Practictioner, Complementary
Health Therapists, Natural Therapist,
Herbalist, Myotherapist, Naturopath or
Massage Therapist.


Private Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic,
Medical Centres, Overseas hospitals
such as China, Korea and Taiwan and
tertiary institutions.

       graduate attributes

     mathematics is essential to many new
     and exciting technologies, including
     nanotechnology and molecular genetics.
     it underpins many trades and businesses.

     STUDying maTHS HELPS
     DEvELoP SKiLLS in:

     crEaTiviTy: View problems in imaginative
     and innovative ways.

     moDELLing: Able to create mathematical
     models to solve problem, make predictions
     and analyse complex situations.

     LEarning: Capacity to approach
     challenging new concepts and information.    “wiTH maTHEmaTicS
     rESEarcH: Know how to pose questions,
     understand processes and make discoveries.    in yoUr PocKET THE
     ProBLEm SoLving: Able to dissect
     problems into their essential components      PoSSiBiLiTiES arE
     and solves them using suitable methods.

  maTHS facTS

                                                                         DiD yoU Know?
wHaT iS oPEraTionS rESEarcH?                                             DEfEncE: A big employer of mathematics graduates with a wide
It is about the optimisation of scheduling, manufacturing and pricing,   range of expertise, where the work is varied and exciting, offering
which is a critical part of business and government planning.            great opportunities for development.
wHaT iS moDELLing?                                                       EnErgy: Mathematicians are invaluable resources for energy
Modelling is a fundamental tool used in industry, where the skill        companies, in improving efficiency of energy distribution and
is in demand. It is the common thread to use mathematical models         consumption.
to predict and forecast.                                                 EnvironmEnT: Analytically strong graduates are crucial in predicting
wHy comBinE maTHS wiTH comPUTing?                                        future outcomes by modelling new technologies by analysing current
Distinguish yourself by combining mathematics and computing. You will    data which allows us to pinpoint areas requires improvement.
be in clear edge over straight computing graduate, where you innovate    financE: Another huge employer of mathematics graduates are the
in jobs that require both disciplines such as Senior Confirmit Survey    finance sector, because of the advanced quantitative and analytical
Programmer, Java Developer, C++ Researcher/Developer, etc.               skills that come from studying maths. Finance covers stock market and
                                                                         other forms of investment, insurance and the regulation of these areas.
                                                                         forEnSicS: Mathematicians and statisticians are preferred
                                                                         candidates because of their analytical skills when it comes to
                                                                         revealing and analysing the truth.
                                                                         HEaLTH: Current and future healthcare relies crucially on analysis
                                                                         of numerical data from cancer research to infectious diseases.
                                                                         marKET rESEarcH: How can companies keep their customers
                                                                         satisfied? Market researchers interpret customer records and
                                                                         spending habits to provide their company with the competitive edge
                                                                         over their competitors. Maths and stats graduates are numerically
                                                                         savvy and know how to interpret these customer data.
                                                                         mETEoroLogy: The modelling of ocean currents, weather patterns
                                                                         and climate change is all about mathematics.
                                                                         TEacHing: get back to school and inspire the younger generations
                                                                         of the importance of mathematics in our daily lives.

                f science
      bachelor o flexible option!
  uts          the

UTS Bachelor of Science is a flexible degree that prepares you for a professional scientific
career. it is based on a solid foundation of core study areas in science and mathematics,
where you study a three-year Bachelor of Science with a major of your choice.

When students are unsure or have multiple           In first year, students basically follow a
interests, they may find it difficult to commit     foundation stream which will give them a
to something for three years without                choice of a few majors. Students can also
experiencing it.                                    decide against choosing a major at the
So what’s great about this program? It gives        end of their first year of study. They can opt
students the flexibility to choose their major      to choose second and third year subjects
at the end of their first year of study, thus       according to their interests or career paths.
giving them the opportunity to experience
subjects before locking in on a major.

                                                      life &                                major cHoicES
                                                  environMental                                                            > Biomedical Science
                                                                                            > Medical Science
                                                        fs                                  > Marine Biology               > Environmental Biology
                                                                                            > Biotechnology                > Environmental Forensics
                                                                    End of the 1st

 year 1                                                             year of study,

                                                                    choose your             major cHoicES
                                                                    major from              > Applied Chemistry
Choose one of the
three Foundation
                                                                    your chosen
                                                                                            > Applied Physics                    year 2&3
Streams (FS)                                                                                > Nanotechnology
                                                                    stream or the
                                                                    Flexible* major
                                                                                                                                  * Flexible Major You can
                                                                                            major cHoicES                           choose a range of 2nd
                                                    sciences                                > Mathematics         > Statistics      and 3rd year subjects to
                                                                                                                                    suit your interests

      essful coMbinations
  succ                coMbined degrees
in today’s economy, it doesn’t matter what industry you want to work in, you can
guarantee one thing – it will be a competitive market. in order to ensure you graduate
as work-ready as you can be, UTS: Science offers you the option of combining your
science degree with other disciplines from other UTS faculties.

This gives you the option to pursue all          croSS-facULTy comBinED DEgrEES                     on the majors you choose, this degree
avenues or to hone your skills and specialise    To provide even more flexibility, UTS: Science     could see you working in research, design
in your desired field – but don’t worry, if      gives students the opportunity to combine          and development, or management. Want to
you aren’t sure what you want to specialise      their science degree with another from             work in robotics? With the environment?
in. You can choose to take up other majors       other UTS Faculties, resulting in double           In telecommunications? The list is endless.
after you’ve already started your science or     specialisations. Students can create innovative    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical
mathematics degree, and throughout your          and dynamic specialisations, limited only by       Science with the Bachelor of Laws. Fancy
time at UTS, we will ensure you are given the    their interests and imagination. A combined        yourself as an Erin Brockovich? This is the
opportunity to experience many areas through     degree will ensure graduates are unique            degree for you. Students graduate with the
flexible course structures, so you have the      and highly sought-after in industry, and a         academic requirements for admission as
time and the space to decide who you want        combined degree generally only requires one        legal practitioners, making them highly
to be!                                           or two years extra study, so you’ll be out in      prized as lawyers in areas relating to applied
                                                 the workforce before you know it. With such        and medical sciences. These careers are
SPEciaLiSED DEgrEES wiTH DoUBLE                  options, the world really is your oyster.          generally highly paid, and lawyers specialising
DiSciPLinES                                      Some great examples of combined                    in environmental, medical and patent law are
You can choose to do a specialised degree        degrees are as follows:                            always in demand.
with double disciplines, which will give you a   Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical         Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical
sought after specialisation. These include:      Science or Bachelor of Biotechnology with the      Science or Bachelor of Biotechnology, or
Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing is         Bachelor of Business can take you just about       Bachelor of Maths & Finance or Bachelor of
an interesting alternative to studying only in   anywhere, depending on the specialisations         Maths & Computing with the Bachelor of Arts
information technology, which will give you      you choose. For example, a major in                in International Studies. This degree is only
the edge over graduates who have studied         chemistry and marketing will ensure you            offered at UTS. Students can combine any of
only one discipline. There are many great        become invaluable to pharmaceutical                the 12 science majors through the BSc with
career options open to graduates of this         companies, where you will have the option          specialist studies in participating countries,
degree, including games developer, computer      of following a career in either the business       which are Canada, Chile, China, France,
programmer or investment analyst.                or research aspects of the industry. By            Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latino USA,
Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance is           combining your degree to include both              Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and
a great option for students interested in        practical business qualifications and              Thailand. This not only provides you with a
following business related careers but who       professional scientific ones, you leave your       professional qualification and the opportunity
want to graduate with something a little         options open to work in any aspects of the         to study abroad for a full-year, experiencing
more to put them ahead of the pack in            business of science.                               the culture, language and knowledge of your
this exceptionally competitive work-place.       Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical         chosen country. It also provides you with
Graduates enjoy varied careers, mostly in        Science of Bachelor of Biotechnology with the      international experience and of course, loads
high-finance positions such as investment        Bachelor of Engineering provides graduates         of fun! How can you resist?
banking, property valuing or stock market        with a unique and highly sought-after skill set.
analysis.                                        Covering a broad range of options depending
  further study
                                        what’s next after your first degree?

you have lots of options after you’ve completed your science degree. you can enter the
workforce and put the skills you’ve learned into practice or, as many students do, you can
go on to further study, advance your skills even further and become specialised in your
chosen field. Below are some further study options.

HonoUrS DEgrEE                                    PoSTgraDUaTE coUrSEworK DEgrEES
An honours degree is the first step into your     UTS: Science offers both coursework and
research career. It is a year where Students      higher research degrees. Generally one year
graduate with an advanced knowledge base          full-time, these courses further develop
in their chosen field as well as the ability to   the skills taught during undergraduate
produce work in a more independent manner.        study, but designed for students to develop
You will be responsible for creating,             a specialisation or focus on their specific
developing, conducting and documenting            interest areas. Coursework degrees take
the research project of your choice (subject      a more structured approach to teaching
to approval), which will be overseen by an        and are more closely supervised than
academic supervisor.                              research degrees.

These projects offer students the opportunity     To view current postgraduate coursework
to be involved in real-world scientific           degrees on offer, visit: www.science.uts.
discoveries. The resources of the university      edu.au/courses/
are available to you, and in some cases
research may be done off-campus at major          PoSTgraDUaTE rESEarcH DEgrEES
scientific research centres such as the           UTS is proud of its reputation as a practical
CSIRO. You will also be able to network           university of the ‘real world’ and works
with academics, postgraduate students,            hard to foster and develop its substantial
postdoctoral fellows and researchers.             links to industry. Due to this, UTS: Science
If you intend to pursue a career in scientific    researchers and research students are
research or academia, an honours degree is        involved in particularly innovative research
a prerequisite for enrolling in a PhD (Doctor     projects that have the potential to make real
of Philosophy).                                   differences to the scientific community and to
There are many study areas for honours            the population in general.
degrees which include Chemistry, Forensic         UTS: Science research degrees are self-
Science, Physics, Nanotechnology,                 directed, independent study programs,
Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Forensic       aimed at producing thesis that contributes
Biology, Medical Science, Mathematics,            new knowledge to the field of research.
Statistics, Environmental Sciences, etc.          All research degrees have a 100% research
To view current honours projects, visit:          component.
www.science.uts.edu.au/honours/                   To view current postgraduate research
                                                  degrees available, visit:
for morE
informaTion viSiT:

This careers guide is a resource for those
interested in a science or maths career, and
also to provide a greater awareness of the
‘world of possibilities’ to graduates who are
able to innovate and think outside the box!
UTS: Science
PO Box 123, Broadway
NSW 2007, Australia
Email: science@uts.edu.au

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