5 reasons you should consider a career in STEM teaching


If you like the idea of inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and hadn’t thought about STEM teaching before, now’s the time.

Think a career in STEM only means working in science, technology, engineering or maths? Think again. Why not share your passion for these subjects with the next generation and become a high school STEM teacher. You’ll make a difference every day and contribute to students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them. 

1. Combine your passions

Perhaps you’ve enjoyed STEM but don’t quite know where to take it? Or maybe you’ve always dreamt of being a teacher but don’t know what to specialise in? A STEM teaching degree can give you the best of both worlds. For example, The University of Western Australia (UWA) has recently launched its brand-new Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching (Secondary), equipping you in just four years to teach STEM subjects to students in Years 7-12.

2. Enhance your employability

Combining your STEM qualification with teaching will make you more competitive in the job market, with research showing combined qualifications can increase employability by up to 40%!

3. Be in high demand

Maths and science teachers are in extraordinarily high demand in Australian high schools! In fact, the State of Our Schools surveys from the Australian Education Union have found maths and science classes are being taught by teachers untrained in those subjects in more than half of schools nationwide. Plus, if you’re open to taking your skills to the country, you’ll find even greater demand for STEM teachers in regional and remote areas, maximising your job opportunities.

4. Be one of a kind 

STEM teaching has only recently been offered as a dedicated degree by a handful of universities around the country. UWA is the first in Western Australia to offer this course, and also ranks first in Australia for five STEM subjects (ARWU Rankings by Subject 2020), setting you apart from other grads!

5. Specialise in more than one area

The world of STEM is made up of lots of different areas, so UWA’s new bachelor’s and master’s degree has been designed to teach two curriculum areas from a range of majors on offer. You could combine Maths with Chemistry or Physics, or take up Human Biology and Sport Science – building an even more specialised career suited to your interests and passions.

This article was brought to you in partnership with The University of Western Australia (UWA). Find out more about their new four-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching (Secondary) here.


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