Australia's Chief Scientist

Report: Australia’s STEM Workforce

Key facts A new report by the Office of the Chief Scientist provides the first detailed analysis of Australia’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) trained workforce.

By investigating the demographics, industries, occupations and salaries of STEM workers, the report is a valuable resource for students, teachers and policymakers.

Based on data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, the report finds that Australia’s STEM workforce are employed in a diverse range of jobs.

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel said that Australia’s STEM Workforce provides a wealth of information on where a STEM qualification may take you.

“Studying STEM opens up countless job options and this report shows that Australians are taking diverse career paths.” Dr Finkel said.

“It is critical that qualifications at all levels prepare students for the breadth of roles and industries they might pursue.”

Australia’s STEM Workforce can be downloaded as a full report, or by chapters below. For readers interested in particular STEM disciplines, Part 2 of the report focusses on detailed analysis of selected disciplines, which can be opened as stand alone chapters.

An infographic illustrating key findings from the report is also available.

Australia’s STEM Workforce – Full report

Chapter 1 Introduction

Part 1 Australia’s STEM capability
Chapter 2 Demographics of Australia’s STEM qualified population
Chapter 3 Employment status of Australia’s STEM qualified population

Part 2 Pathways of university STEM graduates in Australia
Chapter 4 STEM pathways: Overview
Chapter 5 STEM pathways: Physics and astronomy
Chapter 6 STEM pathways: Chemical sciences
Chapter 7 STEM pathways: Earth sciences
Chapter 8 STEM pathways: Biological sciences
Chapter 9 STEM pathways: Agricultural sciences
Chapter 10 STEM pathways: Environmental studies
Chapter 11 STEM pathways: Information technologies
Chapter 12 STEM pathways: Engineering and related technologies
Chapter 13 STEM pathways: Mathematical sciences
Chapter 14 Future Directions
Appendixes and References