The importance of Bioinformatics to drug discovery has resulted in significant growth in the use of Bioinformatics in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. There is a growing niche for professionals with a strong foundation in both computing and life sciences. Potential employers for graduates of these programs include:
- Specialised Bioinformatics companies.
- Pharmaceutical and biotech companies employing Bioinformatics technology in all stages of the drug discovery process.
- Agrotech/industrial biotech companies using Bioinformatics for study of crops and livestock.
- Computing companies building specialised hardware and software for Bioinformatics.
- Biological, medical and computer science research organisations
In addition to Bioinformatics employment, graduates are qualified for employment in both biotechnology and IT/software development industries, and they have proven to be popular with financial institutions for their data analysis skills.
In an age of instant communication and high speed computation, the opportunities for graduates are rapidly expanding. Companies in the areas of Embedded Systems, VLSI Design, Software Design, Communication Systems, Computer Networks, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive and Computer Systems are just a small sample of the industries in which graduates are employed.
UNSW's Computer Engineering program is recognised by the Institution of Engineers in Australia for professional engineering purposes. International professional engineering bodies which are signatories to the Washington Accord also recognise the degree. This enables UNSW graduates to contribute in many countries and societies. Potential employers include "hi-tech" companies, software companies, hardware companies, government agencies, educational institutions, large private sector companies, and small firms producing systems.
Depending on the Specialisations studied, careers are extremely varied. Many graduates are employed as application programmers, systems analysts, user support or as database administrators. For students who complete the honours year, it is possible to continue studying for a postgraduate degree and to proceed to a research position at a university, in industry, or a government institution such as the CSIRO.
The software industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Even companies that have been associated largely with hardware in the past estimate that 80-90% of their engineers are involved in software development. As a consequence of this rapid expansion there is a serious worldwide shortage of software engineers who are able to deal with the complexity of developing high-quality software systems.
Given the ubiquitous nature of software in modern society, software engineers can find employment opportunities in many areas. These will include, but will not be limited to, the computing, software, electronics, telecommunications, security and defence industries.