Name: Dr Fiona Young Position: Senior lecturer, Biotechnology, Flinders University Skill tips: Environmental scientists need many skills and attributes, with an underlying appreciation of the complex interplay between the shifting factors that combine to form our environment.
They need to be creative to form hypotheses and to design experiments and also able to collect reliable, reproducible and accurate data in a highly disciplined way, often in unpredictable and uncomfortable conditions.
Extended time in the field may be required to observe animal behaviours or to record patterns of distribution or abundance. Environmental scientists need numerical and statistical know-how for computer collation and analysis of data and excellent writing and communication skills for presenting findings.
Environmental scientists can find work after graduating with a three-year Bachelor of Science degree, which teaches the basic scientific process.
All three SA universities offer a wide range of subjects from agricultural science, botany and biotechnology to ecology, marine science and zoology.
There are a broad range of employers: state and federal governments, the utilities, and industries such as agriculture, mining and fisheries.