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.
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
able to work as part of a team.