Science field officers perform support functions in the field by making observations, collecting and analysing samples, recording information, and looking after the practical tasks involved in maintaining a remote field operation, or operating a city-based office, laboratory or workshop.
To become a science field officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in science, environmental monitoring and technology, mining/field exploration, mining exploration or a related area. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in science at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in science. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. You may also gain skills relevant to this occupation by completing a laboratory course. See the separate entry for Laboratory Worker for details.
Science field officers may perform the following tasks:
Science field officers may be required to spend long periods working in remote locations throughout Australia and overseas, but may also work in exclusively city-based operations.
Science field officers may work for mining and exploration companies, engineering and construction firms, and environmental organisations. Some science field officers may also work for government agencies in a variety of science areas. Science field officers may progress to such roles as technical assistants and technical officers. They may also be involved in laboratory work. Many officers work on a contract basis as demand is seasonal. Job opportunities also largely depend on the level of activity in scientific research. Competition is very strong for available entry-level positions.
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