What could your career in science look like?
Do you know what an anthropologist does? Is an archaeologist just someone that digs up old bits of pottery? Is a biochemist really a biologist or a chemist? Do mathematicians have anything to do with the business world? Science is a confusing industry, with most jobs blending several different areas and working across lots of different industries. Where could you go in the field?
The study of chemical principles and biological processes is biochemistry. In language more of us will understand that’s the exploration of chemical changes within all living things. Biochemists work in the food and brewing industry, pharmaceuticals, in public health and research or in agriculture and the environment. Tasks range from creating genetically engineered crops that withstand pestilence better, to researching causes of disease, or monitoring quality control of beer production. Lots of biochemists work in the education sector, often combining their own research projects with giving lectures. To become a biochemist you need a science or applied science degree with a major in biochemistry, molecular biology or a similar related field.
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Environmental Health Officer
Making sure that where people live and work is safe, healthy and hygienic is the cornerstone of what environmental health officers do. They work across a range of areas looking at things like restaurant hygiene and food standards, pollution control, accidents in the workplace, or outbreaks of food poisoning or infection from pests. They have strict environmental legislation they must measure matters against and then make judgements on whether businesses or people are complying with the law. The role can sometimes be confrontational if there is a problem with an employer or business and environmental health officers deal with these situations tactfully but clearly for people understand the error. To become an environmental health officer you need a degree in environmental health, environmental science or public health. Graduates can become members of Environmental Health Australia, the professional body for the field.
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Anthropologist or Archaeologist
Anthropology is the study of humans and their culture, archaeology builds on this to look at the remains of ancient people and their cultures. These roles work closely together and incorporate each other in some areas. For both areas, often work is centred round ancient or unique cultures and communities around the world. Anthropologists explore behaviour, language, traditional objects and physical biology of societies. They gather information and artefacts that are of anthropological interest. Archaeologists may be on excavation sites, unearthing and preserving items, or in a lab cleaning and testing finds. Archaeologists are involved in preserving old buildings and monuments and in new construction around sites of archaeological interest. To become an anthropologist or archaeologist you need a degree in science, the arts or social science with a major in anthropology or archaeology. Usually to obtain a role in the field you need a postgraduate qualification in one of the two areas.
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Beyond your high school maths teacher, you probably don’t know where mathematician work or what they do. They work in research institutes, consulting firms, engineering businesses, market research, or for the Bureau of Meteorology just as a few examples. Mathematicians use formulas or theories to solve real-world issues. They may analyse sales histories for market research, or evaluate business processes to improve efficiency, or possibly look at the maths behind natural phenomena such as tsunamis. Lots of mathematicians also end up teaching in schools or universities, or conducting research for government organisations such as CSIRO. To become a mathematician you need degree in mathematics and usually also a master degree or doctorate on top of that.
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Minimising the damage that we do as human to the natural environment is of growing importance for all of us and the future. Environmental scientists look at ways to protect and preserve the world around us and at how best to undo some of the damage already done. They may collect and examine samples looking for pollution and contaminants, or advise on guidelines and legislation needed for environmental management. Some specialise to become ecologists, who explore the relationship between animals and plants and their environment. Time for environmental scientists is split between being in the field collecting samples and being in an office or lab. To become an environmental scientist you need a degree in environmental science, environmental management and a related field.