It's easy to think of science and engineering as being "male" professions, but that's a thing of the past! There are now many women studying science and engineering, and applying their professional skills across a wide range of industries.

Our own Professor Veena Sahajwalla is one of Australia’s best known engineers and scientists who has made a significant contribution to the understanding and application of sustainable materials and processes and industrial scale recycling. Her goal is to “re-imagine” waste so that the materials and resources lost in the world’s ever-growing mountains of rubbish and end-of-life products can be re-used in industrial processes or to create new goods.

Endless opportunities

A degree in materials science and engineering will open up many different career opportunities. As well as traditional engineering careers in manufacturing, mining and metallurgy, there are opportunities in industries such as electronics, robotics and renewable energy as well as teaching and science journalism. Materials scientists and engineers are making important contributions to improving our lives and our world, by developing clean energy technologies, enhancing the sustainability of our industries and improving quality of life for people in developing countries.

In a science or engineering degree, you will develop general skills that are useful in any career, such as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. Our graduates can go into careers anywhere these skills are needed – such as science communication or the finance and banking sectors.

So if you enjoy maths and science, don't be put off because you think engineering is only for boys who want to work with cars or in mines. Engineering is an exciting career that can lead you in any number of different directions.

Materials science and engineering is a great career choice for both men and women.

Set your goals, prioritise, work hard, believe in your ability. There is nothing you can't achieve.