By:  Eliza Brockwell
October 15th, 2018

What kind of scientist are you?

There’s no one type of scientist. Career opportunities are exciting and ever-evolving.

You might work in a lab, discovering life-changing scientific or medical breakthroughs, or develop technology and systems to aid advancement in almost any area you can think of.

You could work in science education, sharing your passion and knowledge with the next generation. Maybe you see yourself using science to shape government policy – or something else entirely.

The University of Newcastle’s new Bachelor of Science degree is designed to help you become the scientist you want to be. Through cross-faculty Professional Elective Pathways you can customise your degree – so you graduate with a diverse skillset that’s highly-relevant to the professional area you want to pursue.

So, which scientist are you?

Take a look through the list and find your career match.

artificial intelligence

The Communicator

Communicators share science with the world.  They find creative, targeted ways to communicate information to a wide range of audiences, and work across diverse industries like TV, advertising, public affairs, museums and cultural institutions.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > Choose any major

University of Newcastle Science
University of Newcastle Science

The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs make big ideas a reality. They combine their knowledge of science and business with an entrepreneurial flair, embracing every opportunity to bring new innovations to the world. 

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > You can choose majors such as Psychology, Statistics or Mathematics

The Investigator

Investigators are experts at finding connections between ideas and information, and using this to map the scientific landscape. By working in a team to plot the bigger picture, they allow others to find their way more easily.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > Choose any major

University of Newcastle Science

The Policy Maker

Policy Makers use their scientific knowledge and understanding to help shape government policy. Through excellent communication and negotiating skills, they ensure decisions are grounded in sound, scientific evidence.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > You can choose majors such as Environmental Science or Earth Science


Pro tip: In the University of Newcastle’s new Bachelor of Science degree, you can choose to get specific with most majors. Interested in Environmental Science? You can choose to focus on Sustainable Resource Management, for example, or try Biodiversity and Conservation.


The Regulator

Regulators are all about safety. They ensure that new science and technology is safe and secure. They require excellent communication skills and must build trust and confidence among other scientists and the public. For example, Regulators check that our food is safe to eat.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > You can choose majors such as Physics or Biological Sciences

University of Newcastle Science

The Developer

Developers take other people’s discoveries and transform them into something practical – like a new product, service or technology. They are practical problem-solvers who embrace challenges with fresh eyes and new ideas.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > Choose any major

The Explorer

Explorers take risks. They embrace a bold approach to research in pursuit of new scientific discovery. They aspire to break new ground across a diverse range scientific fields, and it’s hard to know what they might find. Whatever it is, it’ll be something new.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > Choose any major

University of Newcastle Science

The Technician

Some might say the Technician represents the most traditional picture of a scientist. Lab coat, test tubes, experiments – Technicians work in specialised laboratories to carry out crucial scientific tasks. Their findings are essential to a huge range of areas like crime scene investigation, food science, health service, education and research.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > You can choose majors such as Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Biology


Pro tip: Did you know that with the University of Newcastle’s brand new Bachelor of Science degree, you can get super specific with your major. Instead of just majoring in Biology, you can major in Animal Biology, Plant Biology or Theoretical Biology – whatever takes your fancy!


The Business Scientist

Business Scientists combine their understanding of science, technology and business to excel across all industries. They’re not only in demand in obvious fields like pharmaceuticals or IT, but also finance, insurance, marketing, product development and many more. 

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > Choose any major

The Teacher/Educator

Educators share their passion and knowledge of science with the world. They help students in colleges, universities, and other institutions like museums, to understand scientific concepts, and inspire them to use their new knowledge to make the world better. They also develop tools and methods to improve the way science is taught, and information is received.

How to get there:

> > Bachelor of Science, The University of Newcastle

> > Choose any major


This article is brought to you in partnership with the University of Newcastle Science faculty.

Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.

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