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STEM careers in science + the human body

Science and the human body

The human body remains an exciting frontier of science, full of opportunity for innovation and discovery

From Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest discoveries of the human anatomy to Gregor Johann Mendel’s work in the field of genetics, Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing to the latest COVID 19 vaccines, our understanding of human biology keeps evolving and there hasn’t been a more exciting time to get involved in the study of the human body.

So how does science fit in? As the risk of future pandemics and our need to find lifestyle solutions to help our ageing population, food shortages and climate pressures increase, so too does our demand for innovation in STEM careers.

For example, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way we diagnose disease: computers can already be programmed to spot early signs on medical scans at least as quickly and accurately as human experts! But we still need people to think critically and creatively.

As diseases evolve and emerge (hello Omicron), we’ll need new medicines and vaccines, so immunologists and biologists will be in demand, too. When it comes to viruses and the disease cycle, it’s the field of virology that’ll be in the spotlight.

Research into the effects of diet on human health and longevity – as well as the ever changing foods we consume and low food supplies as a result of climate change – means food science and nutritional science will be a popular pathway, too.

Or, want to develop the next best 3D-printed research aid for limb or organ replacement after illness? Material science is the gig you’ll want to try.

Whatever part of the human body interests you, there’s a science to support it and a STEM career path to match. – Angela Crompton

Science + human body study

Bachelor of Biomedical Science, The University of Newcastle
Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics, Australian National University
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Health Science, Flinders University

Science + human body jobs

Biomedical scientist: $41K–$104K
Microbiologist: $46K–$74K
Epidemiologist: $69K–$144K
Health and safety manager: $68K–$171K*

*Source: salaries according to

This story originally appears in Careers with STEM: Science & Space 2022.


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