Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences

Why become a scientist?

Do you enjoy math and science subjects? Are you interested in the world around us and how things work? Do you want to make a difference in the world and find solutions to give people a better standard of living? Then science might be right for you.

Because science and math are everywhere around you

Without science, you would not be reading this. Without science, there would be no computers, no internet, and no blogging, let alone all the other technologies you are so used to.

From the second you wake up every morning, science and maths are everywhere around you.

Take a look


Because scientific progress is crucial to our future

Our world is constantly changing and evolving. There have been changes for the better, like the web, which has revolutionised the way we store and access information. But there have also been bad changes. mankind has been making huge demands on the planet’s resources and the environment. Now we need to find new solutions for almost everything humans do, from energy and food production to waste disposal and clean water supply.

There are lots of fascinating and crucial roles that maths and science can prepare you for:

  • Designing ecologically friendly energy sources
  • Developing new modes of communication
  • Helping people to live more sustainably
  • Producing safe, environmentally friendly and healthy products, from aeroplanes to chocolate bars
  • Working with farmers to improve crop production
  • Protecting the environment and its biodiversity, and combating the effects of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and limiting global warming
  • Finding alternative methods for supplying clean water
  • Discovering new medicines and vaccines for treating killer diseases, techniques for surgery or gene therapy

And there is still space to explore...


Because science is beautiful

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living."

Henri Poincaré

Take a look at some beautiful Science pictures on Pinterest


Because science is not all white coats and lab work

Being a scientist does not mean that you are working in a lab for the rest of your life. Admittedly, it is part of the job for many. But if research is not the way for you there are may other career paths which can take you out of the lab.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Science Broadcaster or journalist - If you find talking and writing about science a lot more fun than doing it, you could consider becoming a science journalist or broadcaster.
  • Patent agent - Represent patent applicants and help them get their innovations patented.
  • Public policy maker - Scientists can get involved in policy making at the federal level in various areas, for example, drug approval, natural health product regulation, public health risk assessment, environment conservation, etc.
  • Marketing and Sales Agent - Use your understanding of scientific processes to help companies and labs sell their services.
  • Technology Transfer Consultant - Take discoveries generated in the lab and turn that knowledge into commercial products and applications for industry.

So if you would like to keep your options open, consider combining your BSc with a degree in business or arts.

Find more information about our conjoint degrees


Because scientists get the best jobs

In 2012, the Wall Street Journal published results of a new study ranking the best and worst jobs in the USA, according to five criteria inherent to every job: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

And guess what: The top 30 jobs were mostly science related. Amongst the best jobs were software engineer, computer systems analyst, mathematician, speech pathologist, dietician, statistician, geologist and physicist.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal article 'Not All Jobs Are Created Equal'.


Because there are so many more good reasons

"Why study science?"   "Why become a scientist?"

Alom Shaha, a science teacher and film maker from the UK, felt that his students needed an answer to these questions. So he interviewed high profile scientists, writers, and teachers, and asked for their answers. He also started up a blog, and  people from all over the world were coming forward to contribute with their answers to the question “Why is science important?”

Watch "Why is science important" and get inspired to find your own good reason why science is important to you.

"Why is science important"


Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about the science subjects you can study with us visit Majors and specialisations at undergraduate level.

Or talk to our advisers in the Science Student Centre.