How to become a science officer: Lauren's story

Meet Lauren, 26, a science officer from Southampton, who uses scientific data to help achieve healthy water ecosystems.

It is an honour to be part of protecting something as incredible and important as the natural world.

  • Lauren works to protect the natural environment by analysing data on river wildlife and using it to improve water policies
  • She loved Science and watching David Attenborough on Blue Planet when she was younger
  • This passion encouraged her to study Science and Maths at A-level, then Marine Biology and Fisheries Ecology at university.

What to expect if you want to be an ecologist

A similar role to Lauren's is an ecologist. Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.

  • Ecologist salary: £19,000 to £45,000 per year
  • Ecologist working hours: 37 to 40 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You’ll usually need a degree in a relevant subject like Conservation Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sustainability, Ecological Science, Environmental Science, Marine Biology or Zoology. You could gain work experience and improve your chances of finding work by volunteering. You’ll usually need a driving licence.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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