A Bachelor of Science can open up an exciting range of career opportunities in areas as diverse as business, industry, small to medium enterprise, government, teaching and research; as well as a range of professional career options, science graduates are in demand in non-science areas such as Business and Marketing.

Where can our graduates go?

An array of industries: Electronics, defence, automotive, aerospace, robotics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, paint manufacture, plastics, mining, industrial chemicals, building and construction, cosmetics, food, environmental analysis and management, forestry, primary industry, agribusiness, tourism. Plus completely new industries are in the process of development.

Getting a degree is the first step on a pathway to a range of employment opportunities. Some potential occupations for those with a degree in this area as they progress through their career include those listed below.

Potential Occupations

Potential Employers

  • Analyst (Information Technology)
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Ecologist
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Graduate Research Officer
  • Hydrographer
  • Hydrologist
  • Information Technology Support Technician
  • Laboratory Technical Officer
  • Laboratory Worker
  • Life Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Officer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Operations Researcher
  • Patent Examiner
  • Physicist
  • Production Technician
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Research & Development Scientist
  • Research Assistant
  • Science Field Officer
  • Scientific Officer
  • Scientist
  • Site Contamination Officer
  • Technical Officer
  • Toxicologist
  • Toxicology Scientist
  • Vegetation Management Officer
  • Alphapharm
  • Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
  • Australian Genome Research Facility
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
  • BHP Billiton
  • Boral
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Bureau Veritas Australia
  • Canon Information Systems Research Australia
  • CogState
  • CSL
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
  • Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
  • Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regions
  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • DuluxGroup
  • Ecology and Heritage Partners
  • Florey Neuroscience Institutes
  • Geoscience Australia
  • GHD
  • Healthscope
  • Healthy Waterways
  • Life Technologies
  • Lion
  • Murray–Darling Basin Authority
  • Orica
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • SA Health
  • SA Murray Darling Basin NRM Board
  • SA Museum
  • SA Research And Development Institute
  • SA Water
  • SAAB Systems
  • Sinclair Knight Merz
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Transpacific Industries
  • Wattyl Australia Group
  • Ziltek

These jobs indicate some possible employment pathways, including graduate and more advanced (or higher level) positions, and reflect the diversity of our student cohort. Some jobs may require further experience or study and are included here to illustrate the breadth of potential pathways available as you progress in your career.

Major Sequences

Chemistry: Flinders chemistry graduates have started their careers as Analysts, Research Chemists, Sales Representatives, Biochemistry Technical Officers and Forensic Scientists. They are employed in the wine, pharmaceutical, paint, mining, petrochemical, petroleum and automotive industries; and have roles in research and analytical laboratories.

Computer Science: Computer Science graduates have found employment is such areas as database administration, web-site development, user-support, application development and maintenance, training, research and development, consulting, network administration, marketing and software development.

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology: Jobs involving fieldwork and conservation, such as flora/fauna/weed ecology. Roles could include: Environmental Scientist, Biodiversity Protection Officer, Bush Management Adviser. Employment may be in government agencies, Museums or private consultancies.

Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources: Potential roles include; Hydrologist, Water Resources Officer, Hydrological Data Officer, Natural Resource Project Officer, Water Allocation Officer, Systems Modeller, Land & Water Field Officer, Watercourse Project Officer, Catchment Care Officer, River Health Officer. Employers include: CSIRO, The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Catchment Boards, Private Environmental consulting firms and government departments.

Mathematics: Mathematics is widely used in science, engineering and technology; in estimating, modelling / forecasting, and in specific professions such as computer graphics, finance, banking, insurance and linguistics. Examples of roles include; Mathematician, Population Data Analyst, Meteorologist, Portfolio Analyst, Forecasting Analyst, Modelling and Simulation Scientist, Operational Risk Analyst.

Molecular Biosciences and Microbiology: Molecular Biology has applications in medicine, agriculture, forensic science, and the study of evolutionary relationships. Molecular Biologists can work in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, organisations such as CSIRO, IMVS Pathology and private consulting firms.

Ocean and Climate Sciences: Careers as a Consultant or Scientist, and roles such as Oceanographic Officer, Meteorologist, Modeller, Tidal Analysis Assistant. Potential employers include: Bureau of Meteorology, divisions of CSIRO, SARDI, EPA, and private consulting firms.

Physics: Career options in areas such as optics and photonics, telecommunications, micro and nanoelectronics, instrumentation development, acoustics, geophysics, meteorology, teaching and finance, as well as research and development laboratories. Employers include: DST Group, ANSTO, CSIRO, and agencies such as Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). Roles include: Graduate Physicist, Defence Scientist, Research Scientist in Sonar Systems, and Scientific Officer.

Extended major sequences
Extended major sequences can be taken in: Chemistry; Computer Science; Information Systems; Mathematics; Molecular Biosciences and Microbiology; or Physics.

For information on the career opportunities for the specialisations, please refer to the separate brochures for:
Animal Behaviour
Biodiversity and Conservation
Environmental Science
Forensic and Analytical Chemistry
Marine Biology

Graduate Profiles

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