Career Opportunities – Middle Eastern and Central Asia Studies

Graduating students from the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies have pursued a diverse range of meaningful careers and their contributions are helping foster a more harmonious, understanding and interconnected world.

Employers continue to express very high demand for graduates with strong communication skills and international expertise including knowledge of the Middle East and Central Asia.

The Middle East and Central Asia continues to profoundly shape global dynamics. Australia has a multitude of long-standing interests in the region from security campaigns to outstanding Free Trade Agreements, tourism and its involvement in humanitarian programs.

Given the high political and economic significance of the Middle East to Australia, graduates from our centre are in very high demand.

Many of our graduates pursue careers in the Australian Public Service and alumni from CAIS currently work in senior positions with:

  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) – including diplomacy
  • Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C)
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of Industry, Science and Resources
  • Department of Treasury
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • Austrade

A large number of graduates also are employed in non-government industries including:

  • International organisations
    the UN, European Union, European Commission
  • International humanitarian NGOs
    – the Red Cross (and Red Crescent), Amnesty International, Human Rights Commission
  • International & Domestic Think-Tanks
    - Brookings Institute, RAND Corporation, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Private Business and Economic Development sectors
  • Journalism
    - including The Guardian, Al Jazeera, BBC
  • Teaching & Research
    - including at ANU, London School of Economics


To discuss how your study at ANU through the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies can enhance your career opportunities, please reach out to our friendly teaching and administrative staff.

Updated:  15 February 2023/Responsible Officer:  Centre Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications