Why become a scientist?

Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want to make a difference in people's lives? Then a career in science might be right for you.

Two female students doing their lab experiment on a beach
Coast and marine science

Science is everywhere

Science affects almost every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the technology we use and the natural world that surrounds us.

With a career in science, you can explore the world, make fascinating discoveries and help improve the lives of others.

Scientific progress is crucial to our future

Our world is continually changing and evolving. Some changes make our lives easier. But others make our lives more difficult.

Science can help find new solutions for almost everything humans do, from energy and food production to waste disposal and clean water supply.

With a science degree you could:

  • Design ecologically friendly energy sources
  • Develop new modes of communication
  • Help people live more sustainably
  • Produce safe, environmentally friendly and healthy products
  • Work with farmers to improve crop production
  • Protect the environment and its biodiversity
  • Combat the effects of climate change 
  • Find alternative methods for supplying clean water
  • Discover new medicines and vaccines for treating killer diseases

And so much more...

Science is not all white coats and lab work

Being a scientist doesn't necessarily mean working in a lab for the rest of your life. If research is not for you, there are many other science-related career paths that you can try.

For example, you could:

  • Write about science as a science journalist or broadcaster
  • Protect scientific innovations as a patent agent
  • Work with governments to create public policy
  • Market or sell scientific services for labs and science organisations
  • Develop scientific innovations as products and applications for industry

To keep your options open, consider combining your BSc with a degree in business or arts as part of a conjoint programme.

Scientists get the best jobs

Every year, a US study ranks job satisfaction according to five criteria (physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook). Science professions consistently come out on top. In 2018, of the top 20 ranked jobs, more than half were science-related.

You can see the 2018 job rankings here.

Want to know more?

 Check out our study options or visit the Science Student Centre to find more about the science subjects you can study at the University of Auckland.