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Biological Scientist

Life scientists examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of humans, animals, plants and other living organisms to better understand how living organisms function and interact with each other and the environment.

Duties & Tasks
A life scientist may perform the following tasks:
  • study the genetic, chemical, physical and structural composition of cells, tissues and organisms
  • identify cellular and developmental events that ensure continuity of life
  • determine the influence of internal and external environments on processes in animals (including humans), plants and other organisms
  • study organisms in controlled environments to gain an understanding of their survival and growth in real environments
  • examine the way mixed communities and ecosystems function in relation to their environment and the different organisms found in them
  • predict the way humans and other influences will affect the structure and interactions in natural ecosystems
  • apply their knowledge and findings from research to maximise the long-term economic, social, environmental and recreational return from living resources
  • write scientific reports on research, investigations and more general information for scientific, managerial, political and general audiences
  • provide advice to managers, politicians, primary producers, health care workers and the general public.
  • Personal requirements
  • enjoy and have aptitude for science and research
  • able to think logically and analytically
  • able to carry out detailed and accurate work
  • good communication skills
  • flexible
  • able to work as part of a team.
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