Did you know that the vaccine which guards against the disease causing cervical cancer, the aeroplane black-box and the bionic ear were all discovered or invented by Australians? Australia continues to produce world-class scientific researchers who make significant contributions to our knowledge and capabilities.
Science is an adventure. As a scientist your scope for exploration is wide and varied, from the depths of the Antarctic ice sheet to the workings of the human brain. Scientists are the world’s problem-solvers, trained to observe and understand natural phenomena. They apply their talents to create a better world across all aspects of modern life, including development and testing for new treatments of human, animal and plant diseases, creation of sustainable, novel technology for energy creation, production of drought-tolerant crops, improvements to criminal investigation and forensic analysis, and conservation and management of tropical and other environments.
Environmental issues have never been more prominent both domestically and globally. The protection and preservation of the environment has become the focus of activities by communities, large corporations, schools and government at all levels. As such, a degree in the environment field can increase your job prospects and set you up for a rewarding career. The environment in the broadest sense encompasses natural ecosystems such as rivers and their catchments, along with estuarine and marine habitats. It also includes urban and rural communities and the workplace including farms, mines and industrial facilities. Environmental scientists apply their knowledge to the monitoring and management of the natural environment, enabling us to lead sustainable lives.
There is a national shortage of scientists in Australia and therefore the federal government has made this a priority area of study by reducing the cost of undergraduate study in this field. This shortage equates to great graduate outcomes for students and excellent career prospects.
If you have a passion for discovery and problem-solving or for understanding and protecting the world in which you live, then a career in science and environment could be for you.