Science, tech and IT are all about using the logical and practical parts of your brain to build efficient platforms and processes. You might find yourself designing an app, testing food in a lab or studying weather patterns at the Bureau of Meteorology. These industries are concerned with making and testing things in controlled environments. While science, tech and IT encompass a huge and diverse range of different jobs, they share a common focus on problem-solving.
Will it suit me?
People who work in science, tech and IT tend to have enough patience/curiosity to solve complex problems. It also helps if you have a keen interest in new technologies and can quickly teach yourself how to use them. The working hours can be quite demanding and generally require a 9 to 5 working schedule, plus some overtime here and there. IT workers tend to work at odd times (such as late at night or on weekends) in order to do system maintenance when people aren’t using the computer systems.
What jobs can I do?
App developer, lab technician, biochemist, chemical engineer, chemical technician, climate data analyst, clinical data research, computer systems manager, pharmacy assistant, computer programmer, computing consultant, computer systems manager, environmental data analyst, front end developer, forensic chemist, health research assistant, immunology scientist, IT systems administrator, IT support staff, intranet specialist, intranet support, laboratory assistant, laboratory technician, medical communications director, medical scientist, molecular biologist, organic lab research assistant, programmer, pharmaceutical assistant, pharmaceutical technician, pharmacy assistant, public health specialist, quality control supervisor, research assistant, research chemist, research technician, research scientist, satellite data analyst, science technician, scientific programmer, scientific writer, software developer, software engineer, statistician, stem cell researcher, structural biologist, systems analyst, technical writer, technology research analyst, toxicologist, web developer.
How can I get there?
To work in science, getting a degree from university (eg. a Bachelor of Science) is almost always required. Uni is also a common path to a career in tech and IT, however, the latter two don’t necessarily demand university qualifications. In fact, there are a whole range of online courses in coding, computer programming and app development. And then there are also those super nerds taught themselves how to code when they were teenagers.
Is it a good industry?
While we’re actually talking about a few different industries here, they all tend to have pretty attractive working prospects and opportunities for career progression. In IT, science and tech, the skills tend to be transferable, so you might end up working in a range of different roles at different companies in different locations. When it comes to science, IT and tech, you’re likely to keep learning and updating your skills throughout your career, so having the motivation and ability to teach yourself new skills is a necessity. While the working hours can be demanding, the pay is usually pretty good.