New opportunities in science jobs

Science is one of the driving forces of the Australian economy. Without it, there would be no advances in the products, features, or markets that allows businesses and industries to grow.

6 Feb 2017

The question is though, what are the science jobs out there?

The world of science, at home and abroad, is expansive. This means there are an endless number of potential pathways for anyone looking to begin a career in the lab. So what’s booming in terms of future jobs?

Science jobs

According to Australian Federal Government employment data, predictions for employment in scientific fields over the next three to five years include:

  • Between 10,000 and 25,000 added job openings in medical pathology work
  • 5,000 openings for agricultural lab technicians
  • Upwards of 10,000 openings for general scientific technicians
  • Between 5,000 and 10,000 openings for research managers

Long term growth areas

food and science


With a growing global population and a strong demand to keep agriculture as a primary industry in Australia, efforts are being made to make this a national priority. The Academy’s National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is laying the groundwork for the future of Australia’s agriculture industry. Their current work will provide a framework for innovations and research planning over the next decade.

Food and microbiology

Did you know there is now a proven link between the chemicals in your gut and your mental state? And we mean something well beyond being ‘hangry’.

Based on a need to advance the growing of food and other essential crops, there is a call for a better understanding of our food and how it impacts us. More and more money is being poured into research centred on gut microbiology, food allergies, and smart diets.

women in scienceWomen in science

There is a growing call for more women to enter the field of science. Research groups and labs across the country are more eager than ever to harness the talents of young women keen to make a difference in scientific fields.

Quantum computing

Australia is helping lead the charge in creating the computers of tomorrow. The creation of these quantum computers involve an understanding of biology and physics, resulting in need for more science and technology experts to make them a reality.

There’s never been a better time to plan for a career in the scientific fields, and TAFE Queensland has a range of courses available designed to get you skilled and job ready. Visit our website or call 1300 308 233 for more information.

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