Biologists

Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.

Median Annual Wage: $71,940

Education: Master's degree (24%); Bachelor's degree (24%); Post-doctoral training (24%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Scientist; Environmental Specialist; Environmental Analyst; Research Scientist; Biologist; Fisheries Biologist; Aquatic Scientist; Marine Biologist; Research Biologist; Assistant Scientist

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  • Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
  • Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
  • 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.
  • Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
  • Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences.

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biologists.

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