How to become a Science Field Officer

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. They may specialise in a number of different areas, such as agriculture, environment, forestry, geoscience and marine science.

Personal requirements of a Science Field Officer

  • Enjoy scientific activities
  • Able to prepare accurate records and reports
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Willing to work in remote locations

Education & Training for a Science Field Officer

To become a science field officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. 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. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 32.7%

NT 0.8%

QLD 27.5%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 20.6%

WA 9.7%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 43.2%

Female 56.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 15.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 5.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 28.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.7%

Above 35 years: 66.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
A current drivers licence is usually required. In addition, applicants may need to be 18 years of age or older and hold a Provide First Aid Certificate.
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