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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Space Science and Technology

Space Science and Technology

Space Science is the study of everything in outer space. It includes astrophysics and planetary science. Astrophysics is related to astronomy and focuses on the physics of the universe. It involves studying the planets, stars, moons and other celestial objects to understand the universe and make new discoveries.

Launching a satellite into space to orbit the earth, or a probe to visit another celestial body, remains a huge challenge for space science, despite the major progress that has been achieved in recent decades. Space technology is the area where the tools and equipment required to explore the far reaches of the universe are developed. For example, spacecraft structures, mechanisms, and launcher propulsion, thermal control technology, environment control, life support technology, robotics and optics.

The space industry is dominated by scientists and engineers who want to play a part in the growing space science and technology sector. On offer is a vast array of opportunities that cover many different specialist disciplines. Behind the scenes, there are also substantial numbers of managers, administrators and technical service staff.

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Occupations in Space Science and Technology
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Solar Physicist

Carries out research towards a better understanding of how solar activity affects the earth and the atmosphere.

Research Scientist

Plans and carries out experiments and investigations to increase scientific knowledge in a range of areas such as life sciences, including physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, plant sciences.


Conducts research into physical phenomena, develops theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and devises methods to apply laws and theories to industry and other fields.

Particle Physicist

Studies the elementary constituents of matter and radiation, and the interactions between them.

Astronomer / Astrophysicist

Astronomers research stars, planets and the universe. They study and analyse maps, space, and the universe at large, using information from telescopes and satellites.


Commands or pilots a spacecraft, or serves as a crew member during a space mission.