Careers

Tomorrow's workplace will demand ever-increasing levels of flexibility from the workforce. Professionals can expect to undertake several 'rounds' of after-school training and at least three different careers during their working life. In many workplaces, employees are required to change roles, adapt to different tasks, solve problems and apply new skills across diverse areas.

Consequently, it’s essential for school leavers to choose professional training options that provide both a depth of knowledge in an academic discipline as well as a broad range of skills that are in tune with the needs of tomorrow. Most employers identify a list of skills or tasks to be performed by the successful job applicant. Many of these are tasks are taught at UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Biology

Biology is an extremely broad discipline providing a bewildering array of career options and necessitating the matching of interests, skills and personality to the requirements of various occupations.

Some jobs are exclusively lab-based whereas others include fieldwork and travel - many of us like to work outdoors so may be attracted to the following jobs in:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal care
  • Botanic gardens
  • Environmental conservation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry

Biologists with good communication skills can work as teachers in schools, museums, zoos and nature centres or for the media. Environmental interests could lead to a career as an ecologist, marine biologist, plant or animal geneticist. You can also seek employment as a consultant on the conservation and management of the environment and natural resources, both plant and animal. Biologists are employed by co-operatives, federal and state agencies, local government, business, not-for-profit organisations and universities.

Biology can be taken as part of the following Science degrees:

As a student, you could study the following topics:

  • Animal behaviour, morphology and physiology
  • Plant morphology and physiology
  • Cell biology, evolutionary studies and genetics
  • Marine biology


Earth Science

Geographers

Geographers enjoy careers with the many private and public sector employers, both national and international. Having the skills to develop and use information technology and to analyse and interpret social and environmental data makes professionally trained geography graduates the key personnel involved in decision-making processes.

Geographers can work in the following areas:

  • Natural resource
  • Social planning
  • Environmental
  • Urban management
  • Environmental research
  • Social policy research

Geographers are also employed by non-government organisations (NGOs) to coordinate international aid and can be tasked with assisting the government on urban and environmental policies. The range of job possibilities are endless and require an interest in decreasing the impact human activity has on the environment.

Degree and course options offered by our School include:


Geologists & Geoscientists

Many Geologists find employment in mineral and energy exploration and related fields, while others are employed in the design and construction of infrastructure projects. Others explore for underground water or monitor and study coastal processes and their impact.

Geoscientists are employed in identifying natural hazards, such as landslides and earthquake risk, and in a variety of environmental studies.

Careers include:

  • Geophysicists
  • Palaeontologists
  • Mineralogists
  • Volcanologists
  • Marine Geologists
  • Mineral Economists
  • Seismologists
  • Hydrogeologists

Working as a Geoscientist is an interesting, varied and financially rewarding career choice that suits the ideals and aspirations in a range of ways. As a graduate, you may continue to study your chosen specialty as a postgraduate, which can lead to fulfilling careers in research.

Postgraduate degrees offered by the School include:

Geology can be taken as part of the below Science or Engineering degrees:

As an Earth Science student, you can study the following topics:


Climate Science

A research career in Climate Science could see you working within the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, universities or government agencies internationally. Alternatively, your career could take an operational approach in climate and environmental dynamics involving data collection and interpretation or assessing the relative risks of weather-related events. Climate Science can be studied as a specialisation in Climate Systems Science or Climate Dynamics.

Climate Science can be taken as part of the following Science degrees:

As a student, you could study the following topics:

  • Climate and vegetation
  • Hydrology
  • Biology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Environmental and resource management


Ecology

Ecology graduates from UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences have found rewarding careers in local, state and federal government departments and agencies. They also work in ecological consultancies and research laboratories as well as at universities and other educational institutions.

Ecologists can work in various roles such as conducting ecological research, assessing environmental impacts of developments, preparing and implementing management plans, restoring ecosystems, as well as environmental education and communication.

Ecology can be taken as part of the below Science or Arts degrees:

As a student, you can study the following topics:

  • Animal behaviour, morphology and physiology
  • Plant morphology and physiology
  • Cell biology, evolutionary studies, genetics
  • Marine biology


Marine Science

Marine scientists work in a range of disciplines including engineering, conservation, biology, physics, geomorphology, chemistry, oceanography and palaeontology. Graduates find employment in many different government departments and research organisations (for example, fisheries, marine parks, museums, CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, universities) as well as in the tourism industry. Graduates may also enjoy work in the aquaculture and marine biotechnology industry and growing sectors of private industry, such as consultant companies undertaking specialist research in resource and environmental fields. Graduates may also enjoy work in the aquaculture industry and growing sectors of the private industry, such as consultant companies undertaking specialist research in resource and environmental fields.

Marine Science can be taken as part of the below Science or Arts degrees:

As a student, you could study the following topics:

  • Marine biology
  • Marine and Aquatic Ecology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Ecosystem Conservation and Management
  • Ocean to Estuarine Ecosystems
  • Ocean Biology
  • Fisheries