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Research scientist

What is it like to be a Research scientist? 

Research scientists plan and carry out specialised experiments and investigations. They formulate hypotheses, collect data and interpret results to answer questions about the world we live in.

Research scientists predominantly work on an individual basis within a laboratory environment, however, they will often share their findings and other information with colleagues. Research Scientists can be employed in commercial and government laboratories, hospitals and higher education institutions.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has been unavailable, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for life scientists. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Survey, August 2015.

Is it right for me?

As a Research scientist, you will have an open mind and enjoy being challenged. You will finding enjoyment in working and conducting experiments and analysing results. You will also possess the following attributes:

  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective time-management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Explore your career options!

Do you enjoy problem solving? Let your curiosity take over.