YOUR CAREER AS A
MODELLER

Researchers who specialise in modelling often start their careers in a range of science topics, but find they have an aptitude for mathematics and computing and turn to modelling as a computational, conceptualisation and investigative tool. There are a vast array of modelling approaches that can be used to apply to scientific questions and decision making; from probability models, to neural networks, artificial intelligence, to the development of web-based tools for end-user decision making. Modellers can describe tree growth or assess different stimuli (light, gravitation) on tree development. They can model/ mimic insect movement, or the spread of spray droplets through the air. The applications for modelling in forestry are almost endless.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Science degree in maths or computing + specialised postgrad

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Physically Demanding

Lab/office based

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Absence from home

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Modellers may have a science degree in mathematics or computing, and may have proven their expertise or specialisation during a post graduate degree such as a masters or doctorate. Skills required include:

See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.