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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 in which they live.
Studies the origin, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour of living organisms and the ways in which they interact with the environment in which they live.
Studies the anatomy and physiology of humans.
Specialisations: Embryologist, Neuroanatomist
Studies the biochemistry of living organisms and the molecular structure and function of related components.
Studies the anatomy, physiology and characteristics of living organisms and isolated biological molecules, and develops new materials for applying to a range of purposes.
Specialisations: Enzyme Chemist, Protein Chemist
Studies the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and ecology of plants.
Specialisations: Cell Geneticist, Molecular Biologist, Molecular Geneticist
Studies the anatomy, physiology, functions, characteristics, behaviour and environments of all forms of life living in the sea and connected water bodies.
Specialisations: Plant Pathologist, Plant Physiologist, Plant Taxonomist
Studies microscopic forms of life such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
Studies the anatomy, physiology, characteristics, ecology, behaviour and environments of animals.
Specialisations: Bacteriologist (Non-medical)
Includes Anatomist, Animal Behaviourist, Neuroscientist, Parasitologist, Pharmacologist (Non-clinical), Physiologist, Toxicologist
Specialisations: Entomologist, Mammalogist, Ornithologist
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very small occupation employing 4300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.