Top 20 STEM Employers

Let’s look at Australia’s biggest employers of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates. If you’ve recently earned a STEM degree, your qualification might help to get a job at one of these companies or government organisations.


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the largest government employer of STEM graduates. The agency is the main organisation responsible for scientific and technological advancement on behalf of the federal government.

All job opportunities are listed at the dedicated jobs page, from graduate research positions through to management and support roles. Studentships and postgraduate scholarship opportunities are also available. The job page boasts of career opportunities for research scientists, engineers and science technicians.

2. University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building

The University of Melbourne is often at the top of Australian university rankings, including in STEM fields. The research-intensive institution has many job openings for postdoctoral graduates and other early-career researchers.

The current opportunities page always has plenty of STEM jobs to apply for. Job examples: research assistant in neuroepidemiology, research fellow in evolutionary ecology, research fellow in waterland or wetland research, and research fellow in neuroengineering.

3. Lendlease

4. Atlassian

Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar

Atlassian is a boom Australian software company that had 3,000+ employees at last count and is adding offices around the world. Values such as helping customers and teamwork are at the core of the business model.

The company is still hiring heavily in Australia, especially for its Sydney offices. Job openings cover fields such as engineering, analytics and data science, and information technology.

5. University of Queensland

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland is the hub of academic research activity in Brisbane. As a research university, UQ easily ranks among the top 100 in the world.

Job opportunities are regularly posted on UQ’s jobs site. Examples of STEM job openings include: Research Fellow (Measurement in Digital Hospital Transformation), Research Fellow (Biostatistician), Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Environmental Analytical Chemistry, and Research Fellow (Autonomous Military Systems).

6. Woolworths

Woolworths Supermarket Ipswich
Woolworths Supermarket Ipswich

Woolworths is Australia’s largest employer, with more than 200,000 Australian workers. Opportunities for STEM graduates are strongest in the fields of information technology and business analytics.

Woolworths always has a large selection of job vacancies. A Sydney-based graduate program is also open each year and includes an information technology stream.

7. Computershare


UNSW John Niland Scientia Building
Scientia Building

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is another large, research-intensive university that is ranked among the world’s top 100. The Sydney-based employer has job openings for STEM graduates advertised year-round.

Example positions available: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Cellular Immunology, Research Associate – Condensed Matter Physics, Postdoctoral Fellow – Mathematical modelling, Educational Data Analyst, Research Associate – Astrophysics.

9. Deloitte Australia

10. Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank branch

Australia is home to some of the largest and strongest banks in the world and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the biggest of them. With close to 50,000 employees, plenty of job opportunities are available for technology and maths specialists.

CBA’s graduate and internship programs — here — are based in Sydney and has business areas that include analytics, digital, and technology (enterprise service). Diverse career opportunities exist in disciplines such as data science, programming, cyber security and software engineering.

11. Monash University

Monash University

Monash University is Australia’s largest university in terms of student numbers, with more than 80,000 enrolled students. The Melbourne-based institution has a strong research profile, especially in the sciences. Monash reports to be ranked among the world’s top 100 in chemistry, biological sciences, mathematics, physics and astronomy.

STEM graduates can find job opportunities in research as well as in roles to do with managing the large organisation and its student body. Academic job examples include Research Fellow – Exertion Games, Research Fellow in Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis, Research Fellow – Klebsiella pneumoniae genomics and metabolic modelling, and Research Fellow – Membrane Protein Biochemistry and Structure.

12. PwC Australia

PwC Sydney Australia
Sydney city centre location

13. Coles Group

14. NAB

NAB Tenterfield Branch
NAB Tenterfield Branch

NAB — National Australian Bank — is one of Australia’s big banks and considers itself “Australia’s largest business bank”. The company employs more than 30,000 people.

As a business-orientated bank, NAB offers plenty of career opportunities in technology and business analysis fields. The graduate program includes the streams “data analysis” and “technology and digital”.

15. Westpac Group

Westpac ATM
Westpac ATM

Numbers-orientated careers are available with the Westpac Group, which includes the Westpac, St George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, BT and RAMS brands. The corporation provides banking, finance and wealth management services for individual customers and businesses.

Job opportunities are available for graduates skilled in finance and risk analysis; “technologists” such as system engineers, tech leads and designers; and analysts and data scientists. Job seekers have several career streams to choose from.

16. BHP

BHP drill rig
BHP drill rig

17. IBM Australia

IBM Australia

18. Australian National University

ANU Computer Science and Information Technology Building
ANU Computer Science and Information Technology Building

The Australian National University, which is based in Canberra, is renowned for its research. ANU routinely makes lists for the top 100 universities in the world, rankings that are based on research reputation.

STEM careers can be forged in the many research institutes at the university, including the academic schools that combine research with teaching. Job examples: Postdoctoral Fellow – Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, Postdoctoral Fellow – Mathematics, Postdoctoral Fellow – New catalysts for hydrogen fuel storage.

19. ADE Consulting Group

ADE environmental testing
ADE environmental testing

Environmental and related services are essential to the activities of big business. A leading Australian employer in this growing field is ADE Consulting Group, with services that include environmental assessments, waste classification, and geotechnical services and engineering.

ADE has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle. The company employs over 100 environmental consultants, occupational hygienists, geotechnical engineers and laboratory technicians. Job opportunities are shown here.

20. Quantium

Quantium connections

For mathematics graduates, Quantium is one of Australia’s top employers. The big data company specialises in data science and artificial intelligence. Australian offices are housed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

Quantium employs actuaries, statisticians, data scientists, software engineers and futurists among others. University graduate programs and summer internships are available. See the careers page for details.

21. Worley

Worley engineers
Worley industrial staff

Worley is a global engineering company with a large workforce of engineers and related professionals. The business’s activities span energy, chemicals and resources industries.

Australian job opportunities with Worley are mainly available through the Perth and Brisbane offices. Job examples: mechanical engineer, electrical engineer and control systems engineer.


Job Screening Tests Guide

Recruiters are using challenges, games and other types of tests to screen job candidates. If you are running an employee hiring process or are a job candidate yourself, here’s what you need to know about employment screening tests.

About Employment Screening Tests

How well any candidate might adapt to your organisational needs can easily be shown with the aid of certain games and tests. A multitude of challenges are available that can measure the aptitude, reasoning ability, logical capacity and psychology of prospective employees.

A well-designed pre-employment screening test is the most efficient tool available to determine the capacity of candidates to meet specific job requirements.

Nikoletta Bika, HR Researcher

Screening tests are designed to help organisations evaluate the job-related abilities of prospective recruits. Ultimately, they can help predict whether a potential hire will be successful in the job.

Some tests are more accurate than others. All tests you choose in the recruitment process must be selected and managed to ensure they are truly effective. They should not, for example, be designed in a manner that involves any implicit or explicit discrimination based on age gender, race, religion, sexual preference, nationality or disability.

As with any test, the results are not always perfect. Screening processes when designed correctly can help shed light on the suitability of a candidate. Equally, a poor test can skew results and hurt your chances of selecting the best candidates.

Here is a guide to the most common types of screening tests used in recruitment.

1. Job Knowledge Tests

A job knowledge test is designed to measure a candidate’s theoretical and technical expertise in a specific field. For example, an accountant might be asked to sit a test related to the basic principles of accounts receivable.

These tests are best used when organizations need to recruit candidates with a specific set of skills or a high level of expertise or knowledge. As a recruiter, you should use a knowledge test if every candidate should reasonably be expected to know certain facts before they start work.

2. Integrity Assessment

The history of pre-employment screening started with integrity tests. These can help organizations to weed out potentially undisciplined, unreliable or dishonest people.

  • An overt integrity test will ask questions specific to ethics and integrity.
  • A covert game will assess specific personality traits that are connected to high or low levels of integrity, such as conscientiousness.

A well-constructed integrity screening test can prove to be a good indicator of future job performance. They have also proven to have a less implicit bias since few differences can be seen between people of different ages or races.

3. Cognitive Ability

Cognitive tests are designed to evaluate a candidate’s overall mental capacity. For recent graduates especially, a test can be a useful supplementary indicator of the person’s potential to perform on the job.

Mental reasoning tests are a more objective indicator of future job performance than an interview or even previous experience. The most common of these tests is the GAP or General Aptitude test, which tests numerical, verbal and logical reasoning.

4. Personality Tests

Personality and psychometric assessments offer insight into whether a certain candidate will fit the existing culture of a business. Have they got the traits that are needed to perform in the roles they will be offered? For example, to be a successful salesperson, you should score highly in assertiveness and extroversion.

How participants responds in games, scenarios and role-playing can be more insightful indicators of personality than self-assessment surveys. Self-assessment tests can be faked whereas responses to unexpected situations are often more natural.

5. Emotional Intelligence (EI) Tests

An EI screening test will show how well a candidate understands their emotions and those of others. EI assessment could indicate how the well the applicant builds strong working relationships.

EI tests are favoured in industries that rely upon their employees showing leadership skills, having frequent interactions with others, and having to build strong interpersonal relationships.

6. Skills Assessment

Skills test are not focused on personality or knowledge. They are designed to measure a candidate’s aptitude in either a soft or hard skill or a combination of skills.

When designed correctly, a skills assessment is able to reliably quantify the specific skills of potential candidates. Examples of these types of assessment are typing speed tests, coding or spreadsheet exercises, and reading and writing tests to just to name a few.

What Roles Do Screening Tests Play in Recruitment?

Quizzes, challenges, games and other tests offer extra information to recruiters that potentially improves recruitment outcomes.

  • They help eliminate unsuitable or incompetent candidates.
  • Mental, analytical and psychological capabilities of candidates are identified.
  • They can be used to assess the position of a candidate in the overall career development.
  • In some cases, when you have a series of qualified candidates, screening tests can be used to do an objective comparison between them.

Several or more candidates may meet a certain set of criteria. When this happens, a stellar screening test can help recruiters in their final hiring decision. Remember, for this process to be accurate, you should always choose a series of tests that can reliably work for the particular recruitment campaign.


UTS MBA in Entrepreneurship

The UTS Business School Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship (MBAe) is a unique 12 month intensive MBA designed for entrepreneurs and innovators.

  • Think like an entrepreneur through working on live projects;
  • Understand what makes your entrepreneurial venture successful;
  • You’re enabled to take your business ideas up to venture capital grade.

How the MBA in Entrepreneurship Works

The MBA in Entrepreneurship at UTS is uniquely constructed as three short courses. You can choose how, when and what you need to know whilst developing, with increasing confidence, your own enterprise ideas.

The MBAe helps you gain the necessary skills, meet the right people and develop your entrepreneurial project. It is for people who have ideas and want to see them through either as a start-up entrepreneur or as a change agent in existing organisations.

Dr Jochen Schweitzer, Program Director, MBA in Entrepreneurship

Why UTS Business School?

UTS has a strong reputation in innovation and creativity among global leaders, with a ten-year vision to be a world leader in innovation and creative intelligence research and teaching. As one of the world’s top 10 young universities, you can be assured of a learning environment that is both world-class and tailored to the needs of each MBAe cohort.

Agile, adaptive, applied

We understand that undertaking the MBAe is a significant commitment, not just financially but of your time, and we know you don’t want to put your life on hold while you study. Our subjects allow you to apply tomorrow what you learn today, and to give you the skills to adapt this to meet the unknown challenges of the future.

Position, position, position

The Ultimo precinct has evolved into Australia’s largest and most vibrant creative digital hub. UTS is surrounded by Australia’s highest concentration of startups, creative firms, large technology, media, education and corporate partners, the ABC and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. All connected by The Goods Line running through the heart of the southern Sydney CBD.


Executive MBA Postgraduate Salaries

Graduates of Executive MBA programs who participated in the Executive MBA Council Student Exit Survey reported increases in their salary and bonus packages from the start to the end of their programs.

In 2010, the average salary and bonus amounts of students in the survey rose 11.4 percent from the start to end of the program, compared to 9.4 percent in 2009. Students’ average salary and bonus package at the start of their EMBA programs was $127,955, increasing to $142,534 by the end of the program.

The Executive MBA Council conducts the Student Exit Benchmarking Survey to track the perceptions and opinions of EMBA program graduates and to help measure the return on investment of the degree. The survey included 3,674 students from 116 programs.

In addition, 37% of students in the survey reported receiving promotions and 68% reported receiving new responsibilities during their time in the program.

“Executive MBA students continue to do well in this challenging economy,” says Michael Desiderio, executive director of the Executive MBA Council. “Survey data shows the return on investment for EMBA students remains significant.”

Graduates in the survey hang about loyal supporters of the EMBA experience. The survey’s loyalty index helps demonstrate participating students’ satisfaction with their program. The loyalty index is a combination of students’ rankings of program quality (8.4 on a 10-point scale), students’ willingness to recommend their program to a colleague or friend (8.8); and the likelihood of supporting the program as alumni (8.2).

“The loyalty index shows that EMBA students continue to be satisfied with their programs and education experience,” says Desiderio. “It also shows that alumni are willing to stay involved with programs.”

To help prospective students search and compare MBA programs worldwide, the Executive MBA Council recently launched the council’s 300 member programs by geographic location, specialty, start date, program length or tuition. Each program summary includes a brief description and a link to the program’s website.

About the Executive MBA Council

The Executive MBA Council provides a forum for programs to share best practices and gathers industry data for member use. Survey analysis was conducted by Percept Research, an independent market research firm and the council’s research partner.