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23 super exciting career options for students

Career Options for Students

Are you in Year 12 and wondering what STEM study path to jump on next year? Here are 23 in-demand and exciting careers to choose from!

With university Open Days just around the corner, now’s a brilliant time to suss out specific STEM jobs you’re interested in. This will help you narrow down the right people and faculties to talk to, and make a brilliant list of questions to ask them. Below, you’ll find 23 of our Job Kits, which are the best ever deep dives into career options for students. In these eight-page mini magazines, you’ll discover what a specific STEM job is all about, meet real people working in that job and find out what you can do right now to set your career on the right path.

Best of all? Our Jobs Kits are completely free to download! Keep them on your phone, tablet or laptop so you can refer back to them for Open Day and beyond.

Awesome STEM career options for students

Find out more about 23 amazing STEM jobs!

1. Sustainability Engineer

As a sustainability engineer, you’ll use STEM skills to work on solutions that will reduce our environmental impact, building a better future for everyone.

2. Nuclear Medicine Scientist/Technologist

Nuclear medicine is an important field that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to create images of the inside of the body to diagnose diseases. And the demand for skilled nuclear medicine scientists and technologists? Growing faster than there are job-ready graduates!

3. STEM Educator

As a STEM educator you’ll inspire and nurture hundreds of people, equipping them with crucial problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will ultimately make our world a better place.

4. Software Developer

Software developers make the technology we use every day – think: apps on our smartphones, programs we use on our computers and even the tech in our cars. They help make things work better and make our lives easier and more fun.

5. Clean Energy Scientist

Clean energy scientists are at the cutting edge of renewable and sustainable energy research, conducting experiments, collecting data and designing and testing clean energy solutions.

6. Business Analyst

Business analysts use their specialised data, tech, problem-solving and creative thinking skills to solve modern business problems. They assist businesses by gathering information, analysing data and making recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness – particularly during big changes like digital transformation and automation.

7. Renewable Energy Engineer

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy will require the very best humanity has to offer in innovation, ingenuity, effort and cooperation.

The good news? We’re doing it, and that means job opportunities galore for those who want to be part of the revolution.

8. Game Designer and Developer

Did you know gaming tech is so much more than just entertainment, with applications in fields ranging from medicine to defence? Download this free Job Kit to find out more about careers in game design and developing.

9. Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical scientists use their specialised knowledge, critical thinking and technical skill to solve modern health problems. They are the people who develop new vaccines, discover ways to kill pathogens and develop new treatments for diseases like cancer. 

There are many pathways you can follow as a biomedical science graduate. You could work in research, in university, in health clinics or medical laboratories, making discoveries and turning them into tools to improve health. 

Biomedical science is also an excellent degree for students who plan to go on to study postgraduate medicine, as the degree provides foundational knowledge about body systems and the agents and injuries that can impact on them. 

A career in biomedical science is highly collaborative, and can take you all over the world.

10. Medical Physicist

A career in medical physics means you can apply physics every day whilst saving lives and making the world a better place. Download this free Job Kit to find out more about careers in medical physics.

11. Earth and Environmental Scientists

Do you love exploring the outdoors, nature and cutting-edge tech? Then a career in Earth science or environmental science should be on your radar. Download this free Job Kit to find out more about careers in Earth or environmental science. 

12. Place Makers

Many of our biggest challenges will require better, smarter, more sustainable buildings and spaces – be part of bringing the solutions to life. Want to find out more about being an architect, landscape architect or interior architect? Download this Job Kit.

13. Information Security Analyst

Employers will be looking to hire 17,000 additional workers in cyber security by 2026. Working in cyber security is a very flexible career. You could work for a charity, tech organisation, bank, insurer, the government, or for a university. Whatever you choose, your day-to-day life will always be changing, and you’ll always be challenged!

14. Future Energy Specialist

Future energy specialists are engineers, physicists, chemists, nano-materials specialists, founders and researchers working to change the way we use and create energy. Australia is at the forefront of sustainable energy production and progressing fast. Find out how to be part of this exciting field!

15. Construction Project Management

By 2024 it’s expected that construction will employ 1.28 million people in Australia – many in small-to-medium sized businesses. Construction, banking, project management, urban planning are some of the rewarding career paths in this space. 

Construction is the third-largest industry in Australia, makes up 9% of employment and is projected to grow another 10% by 2023. If you like making things and creating stuff from scratch, this kit is a great place to get career ideas.

16. Design Engineer

An estimated 83% of engineering graduates across Australia find employment after uni. The engineering sector is expected to grow more than 30% in the next 10 years with design focussed engineers being a big part of that. 

From designing race cars to solving the world’s biggest climate problems and creative careers with jobs at the coolest places such as LinkedIn and Canva, design engineering has endless possibilities.

17. Robotics and Automation Engineer

This free Careers with STEM Job Kit download is your introduction to robotics and automation jobs. Get inspired about jobs! of the future!

18. Future Cities Shaper

A future cities shaper is the one armed with the job of bringing all of it together. They’re like old-school town planners, peeps tasked with writing a new ‘social contract’ for neighbourhoods. And it’s an exciting time to be amongst it. 

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Careers in this space include engineers, urban designers, policy officers and materials scientists

19. Future Scientist

Next generation scientists will transform the way that we live and work, and address the global challenges we face right now. From the health aspects of urban and regional development, to drone management of wildlife, 3D visualisation of reefs, and futuristic uses of materials, discover the new careers emerging from advanced science and the pathways to get there.

20. Space + Defence Specialist

This free Careers with STEM Job Kit download is your introduction to careers in space and defence. P.S. You don’t have to go to space to work in this sector! There are planet of cool space gigs here on Earth.

21. Data Scientist

Data scientists provide companies with the information needed so they can make smarter – more informed – business decisions! They hunt down numbers to uncover new insights, predict trends and understand complex consumer behaviours.

22. Machine Learning Engineer

Machine learning is a fast-growing field of engineering applicable to many industries, from gaming to agriculture, health, digital retail and advanced robotics.

23. Software Engineer

Software engineers design, develop, test, debug and maintain software systems. Everyone from banks to online retailers need software engineers on their team, so there are lots of opportunities to combine this area of STEM with your passion, hobby or interests.

Looking for more career options for students?

We’ve definitely got you covered! There are two great ways to search the Careers with STEM website.

You can Search by STEM – which shows you options in science, technology, engineering and maths

Or you can Search by STEM + X – this shows you other areas (like creativity, fashion, sport, business and more) and how you can combine these with STEM.

Learn more about STEM + X and career options for students in the video below!

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