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Careers in Science

22 August 2023

The benefit of a broad degree like a BSc is that you gain transferable skills you can use in a range of scientific and other industries. Find out about careers in science.


The value of science graduates

The benefit of a broad degree like a BSc is that students gain transferable skills needed in a range of industries - scientific and otherwise. A BSc keeps your career options open, while also preparing graduates for the expanding opportunities in new science and technology.

Our other degrees are less flexible and allow students to focus on specific areas of science. We have the Bachelor of Data Science, Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Psychological Science. these degree focus on learning more in-depth into their preferred fields of study.


Exciting careers ahead

Interdisciplinary learning makes science more contemporary, relevant and exciting. UC Science graduates find work in a range of different roles and industries. Depending on your chosen subject, you could become a forensic analyst or a food technician, a meteorologist or a marine biologist, a psychologist or a policy advisor, a software engineer or a science writer.

A BSc can open doors to many other careers too, including business, politics, medicine, finance and engineering.


Science graduates are highly employable

STEM graduates are employed full-time at a higher rate than non-STEM graduates (UC Graduate Destination Survey, 2016).

Meet some of the UC Science graduates who have taken their passions and turned them into successful careers.

Watch: Careers conversations with UC Science graduates

Logan Williams

Entrepreneurial scientist Logan Williams is applying the knowledge he gained from his BSc to solve real-world problems.

Sophie Bainbridge

UC Science graduate Sophie Bainbridge is now an Engineering Geologist, helping to create a more resilient future for New Zealand.

Sylvia Maclaren

BSc graduate Sylvia Maclaren is the Programme Manager for the Flood Protection and Stormwater team at Christchurch City Council.

Brianne West

Founder of Ethique beauty

In her second year of a BSc, Brianne worked out how to create solid shampoos and realised there could be a business in it; Ethique was born.

Gareth Taylor

Senior Executive at Jacobs

After earning a BSc and PhD from UC, Gareth now leads an internationally recognised team of engineers, scientists and planners at one of the world’s largest construction and engineering companies.

Shane Davison

Founder of MAProgress

Shane gained a BForSc from UC, specialising in conservation forestry, before returning to study computer science and GIS. Now he’s transforming the way the world sees and experiences outdoor sporting events.

Anna Farquhar

Senior Scientist at Aeroqual

Having completed a PhD in Chemistry at UC, Anna Farquhar is now a Senior Scientist at Aeroqual, an Auckland-based leader in air quality monitoring.

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