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Studies the origin, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour of living organisms and the ways in which they interact with the environment in which they live.
Skill Level 1
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Group: 2345 Life Scientists
examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of humans, animals, plants and other living organisms to better understand how living organisms function and interact with each other and the environment in which they live.
designing and conducting experiments, making observations and measurements, researching information, analysing data, preparing or supervising the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers, presenting findings at scientific meetings and conferences, and supervising the work of staff
studying the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination
investigating the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms
examining micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and using the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes
investigating the effects of environmental factors, such as rainfall, temperature, sunlight, soil, topography and disease, on plant growth
planning and undertaking experiments to study, measure and understand marine animals and plants
studying the growth and characteristics of micro-organisms, such as bacteria, algae and fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals and humans to develop medical, veterinary, industrial, environmental and other practical applications
investigating the interrelationships between animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the education level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor Degree or higher degree and in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
In addition to the above, it is essential for applicants to meet the following employment criteria:
- at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level,
- undertaken in the last five years,
- working 20 hours or more per week, and
- highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
Please note in order to achieve a successful Skills Assessment Outcome, a positive assessment for both qualifications and employment is required.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree. This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.
Highly relevant major fields of study include:
» Life Science
» Biochemistry and cell biology
» Ecology and Evolution
» Human Biology
» Marine Biology
» Molecular Biology
Life Scientists (General) is a broad occupation of the Life Scientists ANZSCO unit group and may include those who have studied in diverse biological fields. The context of the work and research undertaken is the main determinant factor in relevance to this occupation.
Employment industries may include but are not limited to; academic faculties, research institutes, biotech, flora and fauna sanctuaries, public companies and privately funded research groups.
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