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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.
$55,000 – $125,000
Science degree in maths or computing + specialised postgrad
Absence from home
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:
- attention to detail
- analytical skills
- strong in mathematics and computing.
See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.
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.