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 now expected to be able to change roles, adapt to different tasks, solve problems and apply new skills across very diverse areas. Consequently it is 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 taught in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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. Many of us like to work outdoors so may be attracted to jobs in agriculture, animal care (zoos, animal parks, veterinary nursing, aquaculture), botanic gardens, horticulture, forestry,etc. Biologists with good communication skills can work as teachers in schools, museums, zoos, nature centres or for the media. Environmental interests could lead to a career as an ecologist, marine biologist, plant or animal geneticist, or to employment as an consultant/advisor on the conservation and management of the environment and natural resources, both plant or animal. Biologists are employed by co-operatives, federal and state agencies, local government, business, nonprofit organizations and universities.

Geographers enjoy careers with the many private and public sector employers, both national and international, that are involved in natural resource or social planning, environmental or urban management, environmental research or social policy research. 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 associated with government, the business sector and community groups. Consequently, geographers are employed by NGOs to organize international aid; by community and welfare organisations to target limited social and welfare resources to the most needy in our communities; by the business sector to advise on management decisions; by governments to assist with the development of urban and environmental policies and the legal framework required for assessment of human interaction with the environment.

Many geologists find employment in mineral and energy exploration and related fields, while others are employed in the construction of dams or tunnels. 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. Geoscientists can be found in merchant banking, stock broking and investment analysis, in computer systems management and in numerous branches of state and federal governments. Working as a geoscientist is an interesting, varied and financially rewarding career choice that suits the ideals and aspirations of both young men and women in many different ways.

Alternatively, graduates may continue to study their chosen specialty as postgraduates which can lead to fulfilling careers in research. Postgraduate degrees offered by the School include Graduate Diploma by research or by coursework, Master of Science by research or by coursework, and Doctor of Philosophy by research.