A life scientist is a general term used to describe scientists in any of the scientific fields treated as part of “life science.” Life science is a very broad field that includes dozens of disciplines, from biology and chemistry, to botany, genetics, health science, neuroscience and medicine. Life scientists’ common goal is to explore the factors surrounding life in general and find ways to improve it and possibly correct imperfections in the overall balance. Depending on their particular specialization, life scientists may be more concerned with the theoretical side of things, or practical experiments.

Becoming a life scientist is different depending on the particular field one wishes to get in. Medicine, for example, can be a very challenging path to take, while food science and agrotechnology can be easier and more welcoming to those who don’t have a lot of experience with science in general. Again depending on the specific occupation of the life scientist, the job can either offer a lot of prospects for career development, or very few ones, though it’s common for life scientists to find success.

A life scientist can earn very differently depending on the particular field they specialize in. The most lucrative jobs are in the medical field, with salaries over $300,000 a year not being rare there. On the other hand, choosing to work in biology or chemistry can yield an annual salary of between $90,000 – $120,000. All in all, it’s very important to research the possibilities available to a person before choosing on a specific career path.