3 JOBS TO APPLY SCIENCE IN YOUR FIELD
This sector requires workers for both operational and scientific roles. While the first category involves tasks that most people associate with agriculture, such as planting and harvesting crops, the second category is just as important. Agricultural and forestry scientists may be responsible for collecting and analysing data and samples of produce, feed or soil, and advising farmers on techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock, or alternative agricultural options. Students can study a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, to discover the physical, biological, technological and economic bases of modern agricultural systems, and learn to manage diverse agricultural systems and natural resources. Some specialist areas, such as genetics, may require further postgraduate study.
2 SECONDARY TEACHING
High school teachers typically choose their specialty subject areas while they are at university. Teaching students can incorporate their love of science by choosing science-focused majors such as environmental sciences, biology or chemistry. Science teachers are in particular demand as schools place increasing emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) skills. An extra 5800 secondary teaching roles are forecast to be created across Australia in the five years to May, 2022 – bringing the occupation’s workforce to 139,000. Almost all secondary school teachers (85.7 per cent) have been to university, including about a third who hold a postgraduate qualification. School leavers can enter secondary teaching by studying a four-year Bachelor of Education while career changers who already hold a degree can fast-track their qualification with a two-year Master of Teaching (Secondary).
This sector involves developing sales strategies to match customer requirements, and promoting products, services and ideas. Increasingly, marketing professionals are sought who can apply data science to enhance their strategies. Data science can be studied through short online courses that are not nationally recognised but can get a student up to speed on the basics. They can also be studied through a university a degree such as a Bachelor of Science with a major in data science, or with a postgraduate qualification such as a Graduate Diploma of Data Science.
REAP WHAT YOU SOW: Dr David Tabah says postgraduate study is important.