A career in science gives you the opportunity to understand the world around us and improve our quality of life.
What is Applied Science?
There are many fields of applied science that focus on specific areas, including:
- Biology: the study of living things, this can range from tiny bacteria right through to large plants and ecosystems.
- Chemistry: the study of materials to determine their composition and chemical properties.
- Physics: the study of matter and energy, and the interactions between them
- Food science: concerned with the handling, processing and storage of food.
- Environmental: the study of animals, plants and waterways.
- Biotechnology: the application of biological principles to develop technologies and products.
What does a scientist actually do?
Scientists use observation and analytical skills to research the world around us. They have strong problem solving skills that are used to identify solutions to complex problems and communicate their findings with others.
- Biologists observe living systems and conduct studies and experiments to determine how living things interact and behave.
- Chemists conduct experiments to analyse the composition of substances, determine how they react in different environments and create new materials.
- Physicists use theoretical knowledge and experimental results to understand how energy and matter interact. This can range from broad abstract ideas like the origins of the universe to more tangible applications like advanced technology and medical equipment
- Food scientists study the microbiology, chemistry and physical attributes of food in order to develop new methods of preserving, processing and packaging.
- Environmental scientists measure, record and monitor the environment using a mix of disciplines including biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, meteorology and physics.
- Biotechnologists use cutting edge techniques and equipment to study and manipulate living organisms for research and product development.
Where do scientists work?
Scientists work in a variety of settings in and out of laboratories, including:
- medical and research laboratories,
- renewable energy organisations,
- chemical processing plants
- educational institutions,
- government organisations, and
- in the field.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in science may be for you, if you:
- have an interest in science,
- think logically and analytically,
- have attention to detail,
- have good communication skills, and
- work well independently and as part of a team.