Don't know what degree to study after high school? Unsure how to choose a career as a teenager? We've got you covered.
We've put together a giant list of careers you can pursue with specific degrees at UQ. We've also spoken with our recent graduates to get the lowdown on what they're doing now, what they love most about their jobs, and what, exactly, their roles involve on a daily basis.
We hope this information will give you a clearer insight into what you want to study at university and what career path you want to forge for yourself, based on your current interests.
How to choose a uni degree based on career options
If you're wondering how to choose a degree when you don't even know what type of career you want, we can help there too.
Our biggest tip for envisioning future career options is to think about what you’re passionate about.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
What can you talk about endlessly without getting bored or running out of steam?
Got any ideas yet? Maybe there are a few things, and that’s completely fine. You have room to explore.
We know not everyone starts university with a clear vision of what they want their career to be yet – career exploration for teens is rarely a linear process. But having an idea of your interests and what you can see yourself doing in 3-4 years will certainly help you find the right degree for you.
See if you can match your interests and skills with any of the careers outlined below, to get a better idea of what degree you want to study at university.
Where would we be without metals like aluminium, copper and nickel? There’d be no smartphones, airplanes or even as many pots and pans. Find out how a career in chemical engineering can help make the world go round.
If you thought the answer was simply ‘be an urban planner’, think again! With a career in urban planning, you can also specialise in developing public transport systems or protecting heritage sites with significant meaning to local communities.
Support and empower women during pregnancy, labour, birth and the first days of motherhood. Help to bring new life into the world, teach families to prepare for their new members, and care for sick and preterm babies. The specialisations available as a midwife are varied and rewarding.
Keep your finger on the pulse of pop culture with a career in social media, be right in the thick of it with a job in public relations, or become a digital content aficionado. No two days are the same with a career in communications.
What jobs can you get with a Bachelor of Criminology?
Be the first person at the crime scene as a police detective, help prevent individuals from reoffending as a case manager, or identify threats to national security as an intelligence officer. This is just a snapshot of the thrilling careers available in criminology.
Travel the world as a professional interpreter, make a real difference in developing nations as an international aid worker or bring the past alive as a museum curator. The variety of careers available with a Bachelor of Arts is truly astounding and exciting.
Help people improve their health through dietetics, find innovative ways to enhance public health systems, or research methods for protecting communities from infectious diseases with a career in health science.
Jobs you can get with an environmental science degree
Protect native wildlife, analyse chemicals, or map environmental features to assist in sustaining our natural environments for longer. Become a pioneer in slowing climate change with a career in environmental science.
Help answer big biological questions as a bioinformatician, discover new flavours as a food scientist or dive into marine conservation as a marine biologist, with a career in the diverse field of science.
Help farmers produce healthy crops, discover new ways to boost food production sustainably, and analyse plant and soil samples to troubleshoot problems. Carve a career out of your interests by studying agricultural science.
Research the evolution of drug resistance as a virologist, investigate the chemical structure of living cells as a microbiologist or do your part to protect fragile ecosystems as an environmental biologist. Harness your scientifically curious mind with a career in molecular biology.
Looking for more information on the types of undergraduate degrees you can study at UQ (dual degrees, honours programs, diplomas etc.) and the application process? Get more general info about undergraduate study at UQ.