Biostatistician

Biostatisticians analyse data and statistics on living things collected during medical research studies to draw conclusions or make predictions. They work on methods in applied and theoretical statistics in order to advance the science of data analysis beyond current levels. They design biological experiments in agriculture and medicine. They collect, dissect, and summarize the data, and release information based on the findings of that data. During the execution of clinical trials, Biostatisticians monitor how the study is conducted to ensure that the integrity of the results won’t be compromised.

Attributes: collaborative, tenacious, organised

Meteorological Technician

Meteorological technicians are responsible for the collection of meteorological information. This includes observations of different elements such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, visibility and clouds by using various aids such as computers, radar and automatic weather stations. After a meteorological technician has checked all the information, it is sent to weather, air navigation and marine offices. Weather offices at airports are also manned by meteorological technicians.

Attributes: hard-working, tenacious, passionate

Materials Engineer

Materials engineers research materials used in industry, like carbon fibre reinforced plastic, polymers, ceramics or alloys, and test their behaviours under different conditions. Materials engineers understand the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products and use non-destructive testing methods to investigate materials, like electrical conductivity, or tolerance to heat or corrosion. Materials engineers combine or modify materials in different ways to improve the performance, durability and cost-effectiveness of processes and products.

Attributes: tenacious, committed, patient

Surgeon

A surgeon cuts the human body to remove diseased tissue or organs, to repair body systems, or to replace diseased organs with transplants. Surgeons correct physical deformities, repair bone and tissue after injuries, or perform preventive or elective surgeries on patients. Surgeons work with all types of tools, from scalpels to calipers and it is important that the surgeon fully understands all of the aspects of the tools used. Surgeons oversee the administration of medications as needed throughout the surgery and must be knowledgeable of the various types of medications used and the potential reactions when they operate on a patient.

Attribute: collaborative, tenacious, hard-working

Marine Biologist

Marine Biologists study all of the creatures that live in the oceans. They can choose to specialise in a specific area such as large ocean animals, all the way down to microscopic organisms. Marine biologists may look at how factors such as the weather, illness, pollution or over fishing affect marine organisms. Much of a Marine Biologist’s work involves research, observation and data collection, and may also involve scuba diving to collect specimens.

Attributes: organised, tenacious, observant

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Soil Scientist

A soil scientist studies the upper few meters of the Earth’s crust in terms of its physical and chemical properties, distribution, genesis and morphology, and biological components. Soil scientists work in both the office and field. They analyse and determine the characteristics of different types of soils. Soil types are complex and the geographical areas a soil scientist may survey are varied. They use aerial photos and satellite images to research the areas and use computer and geographic information systems to analyse the geomorphology, topography, vegetation and climate to discover the patterns left on the landscape. Soil scientists often work in areas such as wetlands, conservation, crop consultant, farming or hydrology.

Attributes: hard-working, tenacious, patient

Botanist

Botanists study plants including algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants. They study their physiological processes such as photosynthesis at the molecular level, the evolutionary history and relationships of plants, or their current relationships with their environments. They may focus on the agricultural applications of plants used for food, fuel, turf, and cover crops, studying their responses to stresses from pests, disease, and climate variations. They may study the conservation of native species, reducing the invasion of non-native exotic plants, and improving the clean air and erosion protection they provide. Their research is involved in enhancing crops, developing medicines, cleaning up contaminated sites, and even powering our cars.

Attributes: hard-working, tenacious, creative