Science, engineering and technology skills

Links to recent research on Australian attitudes to science, engineering and technology (SET), including research on the SET workforce in Australia.

Attracting and Retaining People Employed in Australia in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) occupations – Literature Review

This Literature Review is the first stage of a research project on the factors which attract and retain employees who work in the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) sector. This was conducted in August 2006.

It was followed by a phone survey of current and previous SET employees about their attitudes in their SET occupation in Australia.

Attracting and Retaining People Employed in Australia in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) – PhoneSurvey

This phone survey presents views of current and previous employees in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) occupations about factors (such as human resource management practices and work conditions) which attract and keep them in these professions. This phone survey follows a Literature Review on SET employees.

Supply, demand and approaches to employment by people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics: Literature Review and Data Analysis

This is the first report of a research project which examines the supply and demand of people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics. This report identifies, reviews and analyses relevant national and international literature, data sources and includes an analysis of the distribution of postgraduates amongst the science and mathematics fields and universities. The report was completed in August 2008. To gain an overall perspective of the factors influencing supply and demand for this group it is important to consider all the reports in this project.

Supply, demand and approaches to employment by people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics: Stakeholder Consultations

This is the second report of a research project which examines the supply and demand of people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics. Consultations were conducted with key employers of the target group to identify levels and patterns of demand and their views about issues associated with employing these postgraduates. Key factors relating to salary levels, facilitators and barriers to employment were also considered. The report was completed in October 2008. To gain an overall perspective of the factors influencing supply and demand for this group it is important to consider all the reports in this project.

Supply, demand and approaches to employment by people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics: Case Studies

This is the third report of a research project which examines the supply and demand of people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics. In the report, four organisations showcase examples of good employment practices which cover issues associated with recruitment, retention, staff development and career paths. The report was completed in November 2008. To gain an overall perspective of the factors influencing supply and demand for this group it is important to consider all the reports in this project.

Supply, demand and approaches to employment by people with postgraduate research qualifications in science and mathematics: Final Report

The final report is a synthesis of the previous more detailed reports and identifies themes, issues and key findings. The report was completed in December 2008. To gain an overall perspective of the factors influencing supply and demand for this group it is important to consider all the reports in this project

From STEM to Leaf - where are Australian's science, technology engineering & mathematics (STEM) students heading?

The report analyses LSAY data to determine the pathways students take from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school subjects through to post-school study of STEM and to STEM occupations.

Opening Up Pathways: Engagement in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) across the Primary-Secondary School Transition

This report is a comprehensive literature review of the factors influencing students’ subject and career choices in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The review focuses on the primary to secondary school transition period.

Survey on Changes in Awareness and Understanding of Science, Engineering and Technology: Report on Findings

This report details the findings of a survey of parents, community members and secondary school students on their attitudes to, and participation in activities related to, science, engineering and technology. The survey was conducted in 2007.

Literature Review of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Awareness-Raising Activities

The Literature Review examined the effectiveness of SET promotion activities in increasing community awareness of SET, and young people’s interest in SET careers. It was completed by Woolcott Research for Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education in December 2006.

Final Report on Understanding Science, Engineering and Technology Research Postgraduate Career Pathways

The Final Report is the second stage of a research project on the career pathways of SET research postgraduates and the factors which influence their career decisions. It involved case studies, interviews and a survey of Australian SET research postgraduates, and was completed in January 2008. The first stage, a Literature Review, was completed in July 2006.