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What does a Biologist do?

A Biologist is a scientist that studies different lifeforms from around the globe. Biologists can work for a multitude of various institutions and corporations with some working independently. A Biologist's typical role inside an institution or company is to research, catalog, observe or dissect the different processes and behaviors of specific animals or organisms to best understand and utilize them for the betterment of society.

A Biologist will usually have a four-year degree in Biology, Microbiology, Botany or related field. Advanced degrees such as a Masters or Doctorate are highly prized in the industry. Scientific studies require very tight standards for the collection of data for it to be valid for publication. A person who has great attention to detail is highly desired. A large amount of patience is also necessary to be successful as a Biologist on account of the duration and depth of experiments and observations.

  • Identify useful areas of biological exploration or experimentation
  • Design experiments or observations strategies to gain insight on subjects
  • Utilize company assets to facilitate experiments or observations
  • Record and backup all data faithfully and accurately
  • Interpret all data objectively without bias
  • Consolidate findings in reports to be distributed to management or publications
  • Retest finding upon request
  • Collaborate with other biologist on larger projects
  • Advanced degree (preferred)
  • 5+ years in a scientific role
  • Experience utilizing various laboratory equipment and tools
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and achieve deadlines
  • Willingness to travel on occasion
  • Motivated to work safely and accurately
  • Laboratory Biological Hazard Certification

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
8%
2 - 4
37%
5 - 7
27%
8+
28%

Common Skill Sets

Biology Degree
Conducting
Consulting
Flowjo
Responses
Hplc
Excellent Communication
Optimization

Biologist Seniority Levels

Bioinformatics Scientist
3% made the transition
Biochemist
8% made the transition
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Biologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$49,720 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$35K
Median: $50K
$75K
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