- knowledge of biology
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- maths knowledge
- excellent written communication skills
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to use your initiative
- knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your tasks will depend on your specialism and could include:
- improving productivity in livestock or crops
- cleaning polluted rivers
- protecting plants and animals
- developing new methods to diagnose, monitor and treat illness or disease
- preventing food contamination or creating ways to dispose of waste safely
- designing and carrying out experiments, making observations, writing reports and publishing scientific papers
- teaching students, if you’re based at a university or teaching hospital
- supervising support staff
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in a laboratory, at a research facility or at a university.
You could move into management, teaching, the media, administration and scientific journalism.