Life scientist

Life Scientists study the substance, function and interactions of living organisms and their environments. They conduct experiments and studies based on research objectives. They should have scientific knowledge and strong attention to detail as well as strong analytical abilities to interpret data.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse information gathered from labs, research, observation or studies and manage progress and actions to be taken
  • Conduct experiments on the chemical configurations of cells, organs and tissue
  • Design research projects and experiments to test theories or advance information on a particular subject
  • Document lab, research and observational findings into database systems, lab reports, scientific papers and theoretical reports
  • Examine structure and functions of organs and bodily processes and tissue through dissections and microscopic analysis
  • Explore the interactions of living organisms with their environments and analyse the effects of changed environmental conditions on species
  • Observe and analyse micro-organisms as they relate to humans, animals and plant species to identify adverse causes and create beneficial functions for them

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Excellent Observational Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Strong Attention to Detail

Working conditions

Life Scientists typically work Mondays to Fridays but may be required to work evenings or weekends in order to finish reports or studies. They typically work in lab settings or in the field conducting studies, observing plant or animal life, and collecting samples.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia

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