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Biologists

Also called: Biologist, Research Biologist, Research Scientist, 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:
  • Prepare technical and research reports, such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
  • Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
  • Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • group things in different ways
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

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
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Blue Tractor Software DNADynamo
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Object or component oriented development software
  • Oracle Java Hot Technology
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Hot Technology
Operating system software
  • Linux Hot Technology
  • UNIX Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$74,960
$42,550
$136,340
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