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
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
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
> 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.
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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
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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Of all the science disciplines, mathematics is possibly the most Chemistry is the study of interaction between matter and energy,
‘all-encompassing and underestimated’ – it lies at the core of many and the changes they undergo during chemical reactions. It is a very
disciplines including science, engineering, information technology, exciting area because chemistry is the central link between physics
business and health. It is also a discipline in its own right, making and biology. There are still many unanswered questions and ‘real
contributions to decision-making in diverse areas such as pricing, world’ problems which humanity faces on a daily basis, the answers
stock management, financial instruments, market research, to which are fundamental to the development and continuation
predicting environmental and climate change are just a few. of society as we know it. Chemical studies can deliver the answers
Most high school students struggle to see the breadth of to these issues.
mathematics application and it is only when they reach university that Chemistry is central in such issues as terrorism control,
they see the extent of contributions of mathematics to the effective understanding environmental changes and improvements in
operation of society. the health care sector to name but a few. It can be applied to
UTS prides itself on being a practical university for the ‘real world’. developments in practically any industry, and so chemistry graduates
As such, we work hard to relate mathematics and statistics to ‘real are offered an almost endless list of career prospects.
world’ issues which range across many fields of endeavour. So step Some career options chemistry graduates
outside the box, and discover where mathematics can take you. have taken include:
Some career directions mathematics graduates have taken include: > James is an Organ Solar Cell Scientist whose job involves
> Elizabeth is a statistician who works on clinical drug trials. She is developing improvements in flexible electronics.
responsible for analysing the data taken from trials to assess the > Dinah is an Electronics Production Leader responsible for the
effects of a drug. development of new electronic devices used in national security and
> Haydn is a cryptographer. He works on ensuring the security of ATM anti-terrorist organisations.
machines. > Tara is a Medicinal Chemistry Associate who provides support
> Luke is an applied mathematician working for the meteorological for disease cure and prevention drug discovery programs.
society. He predominately works on weather forecasting. > Daniel is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He completed
> Ian is developing his own music software which can be used for postgraduate chemistry studies and has been invited to teach
writing and recording music. at one of the leading educational institutions in the USA.
> Alyson is an actuary who works in a large insurance company. She > Benjamin is a Fermentation Microbiologist who works on
is responsible for calculating insurance risks for new customers. characterising and developing new fermentation strains in the
green energy industry.
> Madison is a mortgage banker. She is responsible for dealing with
new mortgage applications at a major Australian bank. > Jasper is a Lab Development Manager who is currently working
collaboratively to develop the ‘ideal’ laboratory design.
> Flynn is a stock market trader who buys and sells shares
SciEncE & maTHS maTTErS:
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,
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,
from maths to biology, physics to chemistry, are related.
Graduate, Bachelor of Scie At university, these links become clear and students gain a far
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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Conservator, Metallurgist, Meteorologist, Financial analyst, stock market analyst,
Physicist, Coal Geologist, Accelerator portfolio manager, financial risk analyst,
Operator, Sensory Biophysicist, Astrophysicist, reinsurance pricing analyst, market
Atmospheric and Environmental Physicist, research analyst, banker, policy advisor,
Biostatistician, Biometrician, Bioinformatics
Atomic and Molecular Physicist, Condensed quantitative analyst, forensic accountant,
Analyst, Data Analyst, Forensic Statistician,
Matter Physicist, Cosmologist, Medical investment analyst, taxation consultant,
Government Statistician, Health Services
and Health Physicist, Nanotechnologist, treasurer or economist.
Statistician, Market Researcher, Mathematics
Nuclear/Particle Physicist, Optical Physicist,
Teacher, Medical Statistician (Epidemiologist),
Noise Consultant, Materials Analyst or
Sports Statistician, Survey Statistician, PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS
Scientist, Biophysics Consulting, Biophysics
Research & Development Manager, Academia,
Administration, Acoustical Physics Testing and
Marine Resource Statistician, Statistical CSIRO, Durham Consultants, Correlix,
Consulting, Condensed Matter R&D, Testing
Modelling Analyst. Proxime, Atlas, Real Resourcing, Boston
and Consulting, Science communication,
Health Physics, Exploration and Consulting, Consulting, McKinsey, Banks, , Accenture, ACT
Medical Physics Diagnoses and Exploration, PoSSiBLE EmPLoyErS Department of Treasury, ALDI, Woolworths,
Fluid and Plasma Physics, Quality Control, ANZ Bank, Arup Pty Ltd, Australian Bureau of
Industrial Hygiene, Design Development, CSIRO, Garvan Institute, Lockheed, Martin Statistics, Australian Defence Force, Bureau
Energy and sustainable research and product Energy Systems, Australian Bureau of of Meterology, Centrelink, Commonwealth
development, Science teacher, Academic Statistics, Data Analysis Australia, Australian Bank of Australia, NasDaq, Deloitte, First NZ
or Lecturer. Antarctic Division, Australian Genome Capital, Colonial First Portfolio, Ford Motor
Research Facility, Department of Defence, Company, IBM, Insurance Australia Group,
Deloitte, Cancer Institute NSW, Roche Linfox, Productivity Commission, Railcorp,
Pharmaceuticals, AC Nielsen, News Poll, NSW Suncorp, Elements Research, The Aerospace
Bureau of Crime Statistics, NSW Bureau of Corporation, Applied Mathematics Inc.,
Health Information, Commonwealth Bank, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Clemson
Energy Australia, Origin Australia, ANZ
Westpac, ANZ, NAB, IAG, and Allianz. Apparel Research, National Institute of
Bank, Defence Force, Bureau of Meteorology,
Standards and Technology, Space and Naval
Defence Science and Technology Organisation,
Warfare Systems Center, Bell Labs, Chemical
Dept of Communications, IT and the Arts,
Industry Institute of Toxicology, Institute
KPMG, MasterFoods Australia, Nova
for Defense Analyses, Boeing Information
Corporation, NSW Fire Brigades, Orica Ltd,
and Support Services, Eastman Kodak, 3M,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Woodside Energy,
Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems,
Australian Synchrotron, NASA, ANSTO,
GORCA Systems, Inc.
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
SPEcific major SPEcific major SPEcific major
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Computer systems auditor, investment analyst, Laboratory manager, medical scientist, medical Dependent on your chosen major but
computer programmer, systems analyst, imaging technician, human factors researcher, here are some examples - Research and
computational mathematician, resource Anaesthetic Technician, Cardiac Technician, Development Manager, Science high school
modeller, management consultant, intelligence Operating Theatre Technician, Pharmacy teacher, Academia, R&D Support Technician/
analyst, games developer, information systems Technician, Medical Research, Cancer Prototyping, Analysts, Analytical Chemist,
developer software architect. Research, Gene therapy, Embryology, Medical Quality Control Packaging Technician,
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,
Boeing Information and Support Services,
Eastman Kodak, 3M, Lockheed Martin Tactical
Aircraft Systems, GORCA Systems, Inc., Sandia biotechnology
National Laboratories AMIS, CSIRO, NASA,
Australian Genome Research Facility.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
credit risk is the risk of losing money when borrowers stop making repayments on
their loans. in my career as a credit risk manager i have worked on a variety of projects in
credit card and Home Loan portfolios across australia and new Zealand.
Financial institutions have to assess the In the real world there are no answers in the
credit risk of prospective borrowers when back of the text book to tell you whether you
they apply for a loan, but the risk assessment got the right answer, or even the steps you
doesn’t stop there. Each month every loan is need to work through to find the solution.
re-assessed for credit worthiness to calculate I don’t know anyone who has ever had to
the correct amount of capital to be held in derive, say, the fundamental theorem of
reserve to protect depositor’s savings in the calculus at work and this leads some people
event of that loan defaulting. Additionally, to ask – ‘Why study this if you’ll never use
every ATM or credit card transaction has to it?’ The point of studying this isn’t to be able
be assessed not only for credit risk but for to recite the proof from memory, the point is
NAME: samantha reading fraud risk too. The only way to make millions the skills you learn studying this. The logic
of these risk assessments every day, some of precisely defining a problem and then
JOB: in only the seconds it takes the EFTPOS laying out a step by step solution are needed
Manager, collections insights terminal to come back with ‘Transaction in every workplace and, indeed, in life in
and recoveries strategy risk Approved’, is with mathematical models. general.
Management, retail banking services, Financial institutions have vast databases
commonwealth bank Communication is important is every
with the details of every transaction and discipline but in technical sciences such
loan repayment and this data is mined and as mathematics you really need to excel at
DEgREES: analysed to develop the policies, procedures
bachelor of Mathematics explaining your technical work to people
and rules to make better decisions about without a technical background. You may
and finance, uts lending money and approving transactions in have devised the most perfect solution
the future. to a problem but if you can’t explain it to
The practical skills I learnt at UTS have management it won’t be used.
been invaluable in my career - predictive Learning is a lifelong process, I have learnt
modelling, computer programming and so much from my colleagues and managers
optimisation are the day-to-day tasks of on the job in the years since I graduated but
my job. However I also rely heavily on the to excel you really need a solid foundation to
softer skills, such as problem solving and build that experience onto. Not a day goes
communication, which they endeavour to past where I don’t do something that I can’t
imbed in their graduates. link directly back to the knowledge and skills
I learned at UTS.
Mathematican, Mathematics Teacher,
Meteorologist, Statistician, Stockbroker,
Town planner, Operations and Supply Chain
Manager, Market research analyst, Economist,
Actuary, Information Analyst, Financial
Analyst, Consultant Financier, Investment
Analyst, Transport Analyst, Resource Modeller,
Simulation Consultant, Management
Consultant, Intelligence Analyst, Portfolio
Manager, Banker, Policy Advisor, Safety
Analyst, Physical Oceanographer, Mathematical
Modeller, Cryptographer, Survey Designer and
Analyst, Consultant Statistician, Data Miner,
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,
Australian Genome Research Facility.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Private Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic,
Medical Centres, Overseas hospitals
such as China, Korea and Taiwan and
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: The ability to view problems in
imaginative and innovative ways.
moDELLing: Using data to create
mathematical models to make predictions
and analyse complex situations.
LEarning: Developing of the knowledge
and skills required to understand and use “wiTH maTHEmaTicS
in yoUr PocKET THE
new concepts and information.
rESEarcH: The ability to pose questions,
understand processes and make discoveries.
ProBLEm SoLving: The ability to dissect
problems into their essential components
and solve them using suitable methods.
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
A mathematical model uses a set of equations and variables to companies, in improving efficiency of energy distribution and
describe a system such as the climate or a financial market. consumption.
Mathematical models are used to predict and forecast the effect of EnvironmEnT: Analytically strong graduates are crucial in predicting
changes in the variables on the behaviour of the system. future outcomes by modelling new technologies by analysing current
wHy comBinE maTHS wiTH comPUTing? data which allows us to pinpoint areas requires improvement.
Distinguish yourself by combining mathematics and computing. You will financE: The finance sector is another huge employer of
be in clear edge over straight computing graduate, where you innovate mathematics graduates because of the advanced quantitative and
in jobs that require both disciplines such as Senior Confirmit Survey analytical skills that these graduates have. This area covers the stock
Programmer, Java Developer, C++ Researcher/Developer, etc. market and other forms of investment, insurance and the regulation of
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.
bachelor o flexible option!
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
> Applied Physics year 2&3
Streams (FS) > Nanotechnology
stream or the
* Flexible Major You can
major cHoicES choose a range of 2nd
sciences > Mathematics > Statistics and 3rd year subjects to
suit your interests
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
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:
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!
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