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Science helps us to understand how things work.

Have you ever tested an idea to see if it works? Maybe you also thought about why it did or didn’t work and changed something before testing it again. That’s scientific thinking and it’s a skill that people need across a range of jobs.

When nurses test a patient’s blood, geologists test a rock for the presence of metal, or when a marketing company tests whether people will like a new product, they are using scientific thinking.

People with scientific skills also tend to think about ways to improve their industry and create new innovative products and services.

Disciplines of study

Study areas that focus on science include:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal and veterinary science
  • Conservation and land management
  • Food science
  • Geoscience
  • Health and medical sciences
  • Laboratory and pharmaceutical sciences
  • Marine environmental science

Levels of training

The level of training you’ll need depends on what a job has to test and its complexity.

Training options include vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and university studies.

To learn more about the types of jobs and training options that use science, see STEM careers.

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