Science field officers observe, collect and analyse data and samples and record information about agriculture, environment, forestry, geoscience or marine science.

Where science field officers are employed

Science field officers may work for government agencies in a variety of science areas, mining and exploration, engineering and construction firms and environmental organisations and may work in remote locations throughout Australia.


Full-time science field officers in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $1,249 per week.

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Job prospects

Many science field officers work on a contract basis as demand is seasonal. Job opportunities largely depend on the level of activity in scientific research. Opportunities are competitive for available entry-level positions.

In 2011 there were 825 people employed full-time as science field officers in South Australia compared with 928 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in geoscience. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. At school consider doing biology, chemistry, geography and physics.

See courses related to this occupation.

You can also do a degree in environmental science, mining field/exploration operations, mining exploration or a related area.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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