What do they do? Seek ways to optimize the performance of trees by studying the effects of variable conditions on trees.
Description: Research scientists often work behind the scenes in closely knit teams, pursuing new possibilities. In this elite field, questions often lead not to answers but to new questions, which in turn open up new directions that require further research. This field offers many opportunities for those driven to delve ever further in a quest to understand the complex workings of nature. Research scientists typically obtain Ph.D.s and find employment in a variety of settings, including academic research facilities at land grant universities, private corporations, and government research laboratories.
Education: Post-graduate degree.
Salary: Begins in the mid-$20,000s. Depending on research publications, the research facility, and tenure, salaries can advance to $60,000 or more.