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Life scientist

What is it like to be a Life scientist?

A life scientist is a scientist who is involved with the study of all things life including humans, animals, plants and other living organisms and their environments. Life Scientists may choose to work in more applied research situations where they draw upon their base level biological research knowledge to develop and/or improve medical, industrial or agricultural processes. 

Life Scientists work in a variety of settings including public and private laboratories, hospitals, government institutions, healthcare and agricultural organisations.

Other titles for life scientist include biologist, immunologist, anatomist, physiologist, zoologist, botanist, microbiologist, ecologist or geneticist. 

For more information about a career as a Life Scientist, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousand)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Life scientists are interested in humans, animals, plants and other living organisms. They examine living organism’s anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to better understand their interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Logical and analytically minded
  • Detail orientated with an eye for accuracy
  • Well-developed communication skills with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Interested in the genetic, physical, structural and chemical composition of cells, tissues and organisms

To become a Life scientist

To be able to become a Life Scientist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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