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Biologists

Also called: Scientist, Biologist, Environmental Analyst, Research Scientist

What they do:
Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.
On the job, you would:
  • Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
  • Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
  • Program and use computers to store, process and analyze data.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Blue Tractor Software DNADynamo
  • Gene Codes Sequencher
Object or component oriented development software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Sun Microsystems Java
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral/professional degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$69,850
per year, on average
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