Teach STEM and inspire the next gen

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Combining your STEM skills with education will keep you in demand long into the future

By 2030, it’s predicted Australian workers will spend 77% more time using science and mathematics skills, which means we need plenty of great science, maths and tech teachers who can nurture, teach and support the next generation of trailblazers. With outstanding career prospects for qualified STEM teachers, in Australia, there is no better time to start a rewarding career in education.  

Teaching gives you the opportunity to pass on your knowledge and passion to the next generation. And as a STEM specialist teacher, you’ll also connect kids with today’s cutting-edge science advances, the latest in technology and convey the critical importance of maths and engineering to solving global challenges from climate adaptation to caring for our growing aged community. You’ll paint a picture of how our STEM experts have and will change the world, and engender this passion in your students. Many of today’s top STEM professionals cite their teacher as the influence for their career decisions, so you will play a critical role influencing the career choices of your students’ futures – plus – how fun it is staying connected with kids?

Learn from the best

Children’s love of learning starts young – we need specialist STEM teachers in early years, primary school and secondary school. Whether you’re a maths whiz or tech enthusiast, QUT offers a range of STEM degrees that will set you up to be an inspiring educator. 

Students in the Bachelor of Mathematics/Master of Teaching (Secondary) program spend their first three years learning the fundamentals of maths from top researchers at QUT. 

Similarly, Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) students can pick a major to build their skills in a specific subject, from physics and chemistry to earth and biological sciences before starting a Master of Teaching. 

But the real fun starts when students begin their Master’s degree, where they get to sharpen their teaching skills at real schools in Australia and overseas.

A teaching degree doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be a teacher, either. The Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Information Technology gives students the skills they need to become education entrepreneurs or develop their own digital education tools. They also graduate with the knowledge to start an exciting career teaching robotics, technology or information management in schools or industry. 

Bring out the inner child

QUT is also home to the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, which is dedicated to exploring the impact of digital technology use on children’s health, education and connectedness. The Centre’s Educated Child program aims to understand how children in all types of communities engage in digital learning to develop better teaching approaches, technologies and resources for teachers. 

The program’s researchers are collaborating with kids, parents and teachers to develop new learning tools that are affordable and can be used in any setting. Also on the agenda? Making digital learning more fun by exploring what sparks kids’ curiosity and creativity. Imagine being a part of that kind of future in education? 

Start your career here

Teaching STEM Study

Teaching STEM Jobs

  • Middle school maths/science teacher: $52K–$103K
  • Lecturer/speaker: $64K–$121K
  • Training program developer: $51K–$85K
  • Education/training consultant: $54K–$121K
  • Instructional designer: $61K–$110K

Salaries according to payscale.com

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

Gemma Conroy

Author: Gemma Conroy

Gemma is a freelance journalist with a passion for making science accessible to everyone. Gemma has a degree in biology from Macquarie University and loves sharing amazing discoveries with the world.

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