Cutting edge careers in health and medical science

Health and medical science
Dorcas Tuyishimere is nursing and psychology student at QUT

If you have a passion for improving people’s lives, health and medical sciences has a rewarding, exciting career waiting for you

The health industry is Australia’s leading employer with more than 1.8 million employees. It’s also the fastest growing sector in the country, projected to increase to more than 2 million by 2025. What’s more, according to the ATO, five of the six highest paying professions in Australia are in health and medical science. Money isn’t why most people go into health careers though – they’re driven by a desire to help people.

A career in health and medical science could see you at the athletics track assisting sportspeople reach their goals. It might lead you to the lab, researching and curing diseases. You could practice psychology and support people with mental health issues. Or, become an entrepreneur, developing new medical equipment and devices.

IRL revelations

At QUT, researchers are using their passion and expertise to make groundbreaking discoveries.

Predicting cancer progress: In 2020, a team from QUT’s School of Biomedical Sciences found specific abnormalities in cancer cells that could one day predict how a patient’s cancer will progress and respond to drugs. 

A huge headache: Another team from the QUT Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health has discovered the genetic causes of migraine. 

Detecting heart attack risk: Professor Zhiyong Li, from the QUT Centre for Biomedical Technologies and the QUT School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, leads the development of a heart software tool to help detect risk.

Pick your health or medical science degree

Alongside exciting research pushing health and medical science forward, QUT offers a range of courses that are the ideal launch pad for a rewarding career in clinical practice, public health or health science. Providing the best, most industry-relevant and most up-to-date practical training, there are degrees focused on training for specific careers and degrees offering knowledge and experience that translate to a wide range of roles. 

For example, if you want to become a radiation therapist, and plan and deliver radiation treatments to cancer patients, the QUT Bachelor of Radiation Therapy offers professional placements from your first year and uses virtual reality 3D technology to help you build confidence and gain experience. 

Or, do a Bachelor of Medical Imaging, which leads to a career as a radiographer, also called a medical imaging technologist. Like all of QUT’s courses, industry placements are part of the degree and you’ll work in the incredible specialist equipment on campus that provide real-world experience while still in your degree, including digital radiography systems, general X-ray, mobile X-ray, mammography and dental. 

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences offers great career flexibility. Designed to allow you to shape the course to suit your interests and career aspirations, this degree prepares you to help solve key challenges in health, including cancer, genomics and infectious diseases.

If you’re most interested in the tech side of health, like how health is transforming how we deliver care and improve people’s lives, other degrees to explore include the Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Physics) and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Medical). These degrees introduce you to important aspects of cutting-edge health and medical tech, like machine learning and artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality and biotechnology. 

Hands-on health

QUT health and medical science courses emphasise real-world practice and hands-on learning. Practical placements in hospital and community settings start from an early stage in your degree and are complemented by state-of-the-art learning environments at the university. For Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) students, there are purpose-built pharmacy practice rooms and state-of-the-art labs in which to manipulate and prepare medicines. 

As a Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours) and Bachelor of Radiation Therapy student, you’ll enjoy specialist laboratories and be immersed in realistic virtual training environments to help you develop fundamental skills. And if you choose a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you will be in the lab from week one, working on real biomedical and scientific problems throughout the course.

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Health & Medical Science Study

Health & Medical Science Jobs

  • Psychologist: $61K–$121K
  • Pharmacist: $58K–$90K
  • Radiation therapist: $54K–$118K
  • Pathologist: $44K–$228K
  • Medical physicist: $69K–$186K

Salaries according to payscale.com

Health and medical science models

This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022. 

Ben Skuse

Author: Ben Skuse

Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.

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