Career Paths

The degree programs offered by the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences promote a variety of career paths within as well as outside of the sciences. Our graduates work in government and privately sponsored industries in areas ranging from policy-making, management, production, quality control and research to education.

Our programs provide excellent training in scientific methodology, creative thinking, organisational skills, problem solving and analysis: skills highly valued by all employers. In addition, communication and information literacy are also emphasised, giving our graduates a competitive edge for careers in journalism, business and management.

BABS Biotech graduate Daniel Tan recently recorded this video about his career path since graduating from UNSW with a Bachelor of Science. This gave him the scientific knowledge to launch a biotechnology start-up based in Singapore specialising in creating in-vitro skin, a technology that provides an alternative to animal testing. The company is now investigating ways to diversify the use of this technology for treatment of skin burns and wounds.

BABS graduates have moved on to a wide array of careers, including:

  • Patent law specialising in scientific patents
  • Government science policy making
  • Management in technological companies
  • Science journalism, publishing
  • Scientific research and commercial applications
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Forensic science
  • Pollution control
  • Beach ecology
  • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services
  • Antarctic exploration
  • Fraud detection
  • Genetic engineering
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Diagnostic microbiology and immunology
  • Senior administration and teaching in schools and universities (local and international)
  • Winemaking
  • Sales and technical specialists in science-based industries

And many more...