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Science & Technology in North Queensland

Townsville North Queensland is a hub for innovation, science and technology. It is home to two internationally renowned universities and two TAFE campuses.

James Cook University (JCU) is currently ranked number 1 in the world for marine and freshwater biology and has a 5-star rating for graduate job success (graduates employed full-time within 4 months of graduation).

Science & Technology in North Queensland

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)

The main office to the world-leading marine park management authority is located in Townsville. GBRMPA are a natural resource regulator entrusted by Australia with the responsibility of managing the natural wonder of the Marine Park.

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

AIMS is one of the largest tropical marine research agencies in the world, with a world class facility located approximately 50km south of the Townsville CBD. AIMS is committed to the protection and sustainability of our marine heritage through innovative scientific and technological research, people, industry and partnerships across the region.

JCU Technology Innovation Complex

The JCU Technology and Innovation Complex is a $94 million, 9,400sqm STEM complex that will deliver leading-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics research and education facilities, linking innovation with specialised skills and expertise.


At the nexus of Townsville University Hospital (TUH), James Cook University and Lavarack Barracks, Townsville's tropical intelligence and health precinct, TropiQ, is a community dedicated to helping the world access, understand and benefit from breakthroughs and solutions in health and tropical science.

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Business Sectors

  • Architectural, engineering & technical services
  • Computer system design & related services
  • Management & related consulting services
  • Market research & statistical services
  • Scientific research services
  • Other professional, scientific & technical services
  • Legal & accounting services

Industry Snapshot

Businesses in this industry sell their expertise as a service. Some examples include:

  • Scientific research
  • Architecture & engineering
  • Computer system design
  • Legal and accounting services
  • Advertising & market research
  • Veterinary services

Most of these employees have formal qualifications.

Around 59% have a university qualification and 20% have a VET qualification.

Average earnings are $1,500 per week, higher than the ‘all industries’ average of $1,200.

$1,500 Median Weekly Earnings
91.5% Employed Full-time (higher than average of 73%)
5.8% of the North Queensland Workforce
Share of employment by gender

Industry Outlook

Activities of this sector are significant, but, through breakthrough research and ongoing process and product innovation they also contribute to development and innovation in other industry sectors. This in turn adds value to other businesses and individuals outside this sector.

Career paths in this industry vary markedly depending on the specific area of professional activity. A common factor is a very high level of education and training in comparison with other industries.

Employment in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services is projected to grow by 206,600 (16.8%) over the five years to 2026.

"Civilisation was built on people giving it a crack.

Don't worry about not being capable or good enough.

You'll learn as you go, and soon realise no one has all the answers."

Mel Olsen, Project Director of ReefWorks, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Top Employing Occupations

  • Software Programmer
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Solicitors & Accountants
  • Management & Organisation Analysts
  • Technical & Communications Specialists
  • Contract & Program Administrators
  • ICT Support Technicians
  • ICT Managers
  • Architects & Landscape Architects

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Find a Course or Traineeship

TAFE offers courses in Science, Technology and professional services as well as support in sourcing apprenticeships and traineeships.

Visit TAFE Queensland

JCU offers a range of courses in Science, Technology and Professional Services as well as hosting the Agriculture, Technology and Adoption Centre (AgTAC). Visit the JCU site for pathway and course information as well as the JCU AgTAC site to see how JCU is partnering with industry to delivery technology-enabling capability for the agriculture industry.


AIMS@JCU is a strategic partnership between two global leaders in tropical marine science - James Cook University (JCU) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Visit the website to see how you can get involved with research and programs.


CQU offers courses in Science, Environment and Technology from certificate to further degrees.


MEGT is a great place to find currently advertised traineeships and apprenticeships in North Queensland.

Visit MEGT

Apprenticeships QLD is a website that directs trainees to field based apprenticeships in Queensland.

Visit Apprenticeships QLD

Queensland Government provides assist in finding apprenticeships and traineeships including those that are funded by the Queensland Government. Visit the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) or the DESBT website for information.

Visit QTIS

Industry Associations