The National Committee for Geographical Sciences Decadal Plan identifies geography graduates as playing an important role in helping resolve many of Australia’s key challenges over the next decade. There is a growing importance for geographical knowledge and ways of thinking to address the pressing issues of our time and future. Now is a great time to be a geographer.
The twenty-first century is rich in data. Much of the data at our disposal has a spatial component. The analysis of spatial data using computer-based technologies is called Geographic Information Science (GIS) and this forms an important component of the geography major at the University of Sydney.
Graduates with GIS expertise are well-placed to find employment across many sectors of the economy and is a skillset that is internationally transferable. The Environmental Systems Research Institute identified major societal shifts that will further enhance the importance of GIS as an asset for business, community organisations, and government.
Students who have graduated with a geography major from the University of Sydney are found in many different private, community and public sector organisations. Employers view the integrative and applied nature of geography as a strength.
Career Explorer defines a geologist and geophysicists as someone who works to understand the history of the planet we live on, to better predict the future and explain current occurrences.
When geologists investigate earth materials, they not only investigate metals and minerals, but also look for oil, natural gas, water and methods to extract these. Overall, geology is concerned with the changes of the earth over time, such as climate change and land formation.
Working as a mine geologist, it’s exciting to be the first person viewing rocks, structures and formations from approx. 1.6 billion years ago and I get paid to do it!
“I have so many geology related aspirations and I'm determined to aspire to them all. No surprise to anyone who knows me; my ultimate career and life goal is to work and conduct research in Antarctica.
“Geology is so diverse that for now, I aim to gain as many valuable geological skills and experiences as I can – field work, research, exploration, geochemistry, marine geology research voyages and of course palaeontology," explains Lena.
Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary major in the Faculty of Science that connects science and policy-making about the environment. Graduates with a major in environmental studies are well-positioned for a wide-range of professional roles that involve scientific assessment and policy implementation.
At a time when the impact of humans is causing extreme stress to so many of the processes that ultimately sustain life on this planet, the skills and knowledge obtained by environmental studies graduates has never been more important.
Marine scientists observe, measure and experiment in marine and coastal environments. During your studies you will gain multidisciplinary knowledge in marine biology and marine geosciences that will make you a highly desirable employee in coastal and marine management and planning.
Climate change is here, and the coast and the oceans are major hotspots for change. The effects of climate change range from sea level variations, to changes in storm direction and intensity, and these and other processes are triggering major ecological changes such as coral bleaching and the tropicalisation of temperate coasts.
Many of our marine science graduates work in government agencies, federal, state and local, and in consulting companies that seek coastal and marine specialists. Some of our marine science graduates use their skills to successfully pursue careers in other areas.
Marine Scientists investigate all kinds of issues and problems on ocean and coasts.
As career opportunities span a range of roles and industries, salary trends depend on the area you decide to work. Click through the gallery to see some example salaries for jobs that geosciences graduates enter.
*Salaries taken from Job Outlook in August 2020 based on Australian salary data.