Scientific officers work in many fields and often specialise in one field. Applicants entering this line of work can expect to see a 25 per cent growth in jobs by 2018, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Scientific researchers earn from £13 to £39 an hour depending on their specialisation, according to the BLS.
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Most scientific officers have a bachelor’s degree in their field. Depending on the scientific officer’s specialisation, many have a doctorate.
Scientific officers must have an attention to detail and skills in problem-solving, project management and communication. They must also be self-starters.
Duties will vary depending on the officer’s field of specialisation. Principal duties include performing scientific experiments, preparing lab samples and analysing the results of experiments.
Scientific officers work in labs and often spend most of their days sitting or standing. Depending on the nature of the project, the work environment may be potentially harmful to the applicant’s health. Those entering this field may work long hours, nights or weekends.
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