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Common questions about being a Scientist

What is a scientist?

Science is a broad field that encompasses a range of roles. It can generally be divided into three fields that can include the following roles:

  • Formal sciences (such as statistician, data scientist and systems scientist)
  • Natural sciences (such as a pharmacologist, geologist, nuclear physicist)
  • Social sciences (such as anthropologist, communicator scientist and political scientist)
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In which fields can a scientist work and what soft skills do they require to thrive in their chosen field?

A scientist can work in various fields such as military science, food science, earth science, criminal science, neuroscience, archaeological science and computer science, among others.

Employees in the field of science require a unique set of skills and competencies to enable them to succeed. Such skills are the ability to pay attention to detail; the ability to work collaboratively in a team and communicate effectively; the ability to gather, record, analyze and report data accurately; ability to adjust to a professional work environment; the ability to face long working hours; genuine mastery of work discipline, diverse scientific method and problem-solving skills; ability to adapt knowledge to different perspectives; dedication to work, excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

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What does a chemical scientist do?

A chemical scientist works in fields such as material or chemistry sciences. They may work in academia and split their time between instructing students and conducting laboratory research.

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