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Scientists can be found working in the following science disciplines: biological, biomedical, environmental, physics, chemical, mathematical and computer sciences.

Some roles may require clinical expertise (and a medical qualification). Many scientific roles in health provide support in diagnosis and assessment by liaising with clinicians to interpret test results. While scientists are unable to advise on medical treatment, their work is vital in ensuring that results are accurate and the root cause is discovered.

At Forensic and Scientific Services you'll find scientists within all areas of business including:


A Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is required for all scientist positions. Students can then consider the appropriate major to fit their preferred occupation. It is ideal to talk to someone who works in your preferred area to ensure you select the correct major.


At Forensic and Scientific Services you will find scientists working in all areas of public and environmental health, forensic sciences, coronial services and research.

Job vacancies are advertised on the Smart Jobs website.


  • Liaising with and providing advice to clients about specimen types and requirements
  • Maintaining the laboratory environment and associated laboratory equipment, consumables and reagents
  • Performing specimen reception activities, including storing, retrieving and disposing of samples
  • Conducting automated, semi-automated and routine manual testing
  • Performing discipline-specific testing and analysis
  • Undertaking continual professional development
  • Performing analysis and reporting to legislative (Coroners Act, Health Act, Public Health Act, Pest Management Act) and regulatory requirements.

Pay and conditions

At Queensland Health, the Health Practitioners and Dental Officers Award applies to scientists.

You can review wage rates for health practitioners.

Last updated: 16 December 2019