Science and technology

It’s professionals’ critical expertise and research skills in the science and technology industry that provide much of the foundation for advancements in society.

Careers in science and technology include roles in research and development for manufacturing industries, research institutions and government branches, as well as monitoring and testing manufacturing processes and products to ensure quality, safety and cost-effectiveness. Science and technology professionals work for private companies and research institutes to develop new methods of operation, as well as in laboratories testing and processing materials as researchers and technicians for various fields including forensics, artwork and museum artefacts, healthcare lab processing, environmental research and epidemiology. Science and technology careers also include work in the technology field to research and advance new systems and methods for transmitting technology. Individuals with science and technology backgrounds are also sought after in the teaching field.

The science and technology industry is wide and diverse, with professionals working in a range of different fields. Professionals in science and technology provide critical expertise and research skills to advance knowledge, practices, services and products for companies and institutions. Science and technology professionals develop the concepts for developments in healthcare, engineering, information and communication technology and countless other disciplines. They provide much of the foundation for advancements in society, making them extremely valuable in the workforce. Careers in science and technology offer many interesting and exciting options and the demand is high.

Careers in science and technology typically require at least a bachelor degree in relevant science fields and students interested in getting into the field benefit greatly from internships over the summers or researching experience while in school. Typical work hours for these careers are Monday to Friday during standard working hours, however they may work longer hours when researching projects and working to meet deadlines.

Professional associations and industry bodies

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 

Australian Academy of Science

Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology 

Australian Institute of Biology 

Australian Institute of Geoscientists 

Australian Institute of Medical Scientists  

Australian Institute of Physics 

Australian Science Communicators

Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Science 

Australia's Biotechnology Industry Organisation (AusBiotech)

Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) 

Mapping Sciences Institute Australia (MSIA) 

National Institute of Forensic Science

Royal Australian Chemical Institute 

The Australian Institute of Food Science Technology 

Skills and personality

  • Ability to learn and comprehend large amounts of information and adapt quickly to developments in the field
  • Excellent research skills and ability to apply results of research and experiments to a particular field
  • High attention to detail including accuracy and precision of work
  • Highly analytical to evaluate current methods and technology and implement improvements
  • Investigative abilities and curiosity to test ideas and hypotheses
  • Knowledge and proficiency in experimentation methods and procedures
  • Specialised knowledge in Science & Technology
  • Strong communication skills working with clients and employers to understand objectives
  • Strong critical thinking skills and innovation, testing and developing new ideas and concepts for processes
  • Strong problem solving skills to test and modify labs and experiments based on results