My favourite character is the Captain and so why not dream big LOL.
I actually really like plants and nature which is odd I guess as it’s not something I’ve ever considered doing in my life. So if I couldn’t be Captain (and to be fair I’m not convinced I’d be a great Captain) then a botanist sounds pretty good. Work in the hydroponics or airponics bay, explore strange new plants like “hand plant“, grow stuff, dodge spores and stuff like that. I don’t think I’d be that great at it as I struggle to keep tomatoes growing but then I’ve never really dedicated myself to it.
Probably don’t get shot at as much and you don’t have to wear a red shirt 😉
Update – I picked this one a few days ago as I was preparing my schedule around making sure I could draw these and what exactly I would be drawing and in the days following this it has been a bit of a revelation. I never considered learning more about plants than my rudimentary knowledge of them from high school biology. To be honest it wasn’t until really considering what I would like to do on a starship that it ever crossed my mind and now it is something I’m actually really considering pursuing, not professionally but I had a look at some botanical science courses and I actually think I might sign up for one of them.
It’s just weird, this is a frivolous Star Trek challenge to give me something to focus the illustrations on and yet here I am considering life choices.