Life scientists study the physiology, anatomy and biochemistry of living organisms, to gain insight into the function of living organisms, and the relationships between organisms, and between organisms and their environment.
Life scientists are employed by higher education institutions, government departments and commercial enterprises in the medical, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics, food and beverage industries.
These scientific experts tend to specialise in one area of life sciences, such as botany, zoology, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology and biomedical sciences.
If you enter this profession, you’ll be responsible for collecting scientific data through fieldwork, setting up experiments and conducting scientific investigations in controlled environments and natural settings. Furthermore, you’ll be recording observations and correlating data, preparing detailed research reports for publication and collaborating with fellow researchers. In order to thrive in this profession, you’ll need to keep up to date on the latest developments in your specialist area of life sciences.
Some life sciences research scientists also work as lecturers in higher education institutions.