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19-1020.01 - Biologists

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

Sample of reported job titles: Aquatic Scientist, Assistant Scientist, Biologist, Environmental Analyst, Environmental Specialist, Fisheries Biologist, Marine Biologist, Research Biologist, Research Scientist, Scientist

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare technical and research reports, such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public. See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study and manage wild animal populations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study aquatic plants and animals and environmental conditions affecting them, such as radioactivity or pollution. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and function. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach or supervise students and perform research at universities and colleges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and administer biological research programs for government, research firms, medical industries, or manufacturing firms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure salinity, acidity, light, oxygen content, and other physical conditions of water to determine their relationship to aquatic life. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare plans for management of renewable resources. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate test results to state and federal representatives and general public. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review reports and proposals, such as those relating to land use classifications and recreational development, for accuracy, adequacy, or adherence to policies, regulations, or scientific standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research environmental effects of present and potential uses of land and water areas, determining methods of improving environmental conditions or such outputs as crop yields. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify, classify, and study structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant and animal species. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop methods and apparatus for securing representative plant, animal, aquatic, or soil samples. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Analytical balances — Laboratory analytical balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated microscope stages — Automated microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Barometers — Mercury barometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Swinging bucket centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bi distillation units — Distillation units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Gas autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial fishing nets — Dip nets; Plankton nets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cuvettes — Plastic cuvettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dehydrators — Vacuum dehydration units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deoxyribonucleic sequence analyzers — Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digestion systems — Digestion units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Video imaging systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Direction finding compasses — Navigational compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers — Respirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Laboratory dropping pipettes; Micropipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dry wall single chamber carbon dioxide incubators — Water-jacketed CO2 incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Vertical drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electron microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances — Top-loading electronic balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fluorescent microscopes — Fluorescence microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Mechanical laboratory incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Freezedryers or lyophilzers — Benchtop lyophilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • French pressure cells — French presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas burners — Bunsen burners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gel boxes — Electrophoresis chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • HEPA filtered enclosures — Biosafety cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Homogenizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inverted microscopes — Inverted compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Electronic precision balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory beakers — Glass beakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory burets — Glass burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — Vacuum evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory flasks — Erlenmeyer flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory general purpose tubing — Plastic laboratory tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Glass graduated cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory hotplates — Laboratory hot plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory stirring rods — Spreading rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory washing machines — Glass washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminar flow cabinets or stations — Laminar flow cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid scintillation counters — Fluid scintillation counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stirrers — Heated magnetic stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microbiology inoculation loops or needles — Inoculating loops See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microplate readers — Microtiter plate readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microplates — Multiwell microplates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microtomes — Ultramicrotomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multipurpose or general test tubes — General purpose laboratory test tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open stream current meters — Water flow gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shaking water baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pasteur or transfer pipettes — Pasteur pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Petri plates or dishes — Petri dishes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photo attachments for microscopes — Microscope digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photometers — Luminometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Portable dataloggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiation detectors — Phosporimagers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products — Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Automatic pipetters; Liquid handling robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Salinity meter — Salinity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sampling syringes — Laboratory bulb syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes — Scanning laser confocal microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scientific calculator — Scientific calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shaking incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty plates for bacteria — Agar plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — X ray spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Ultraviolet UV visible spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Standard fermentation units — Fermenters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes — Dissecting microscopes; Zoom microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stirring hotplates — Heated stir plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts — Tissue culture plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture incubators — Bioreactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transilluminators — Ultraviolet UV transilluminators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Triple beam balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube furnaces — Carbolite ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers — Propane jet freezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra violet water purification units — Ultraviolet water purification systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultracentrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic disintegrators — Sonicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum or centrifugal concentrators — Centrifugal evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video attachments for microscopes — Video microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vortex mixers — Test tube shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weather stations See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Blue Tractor Software DNADynamo; Gene Codes Sequencher; VayTek VoxBlast; Visual Molecular Dynamics VMD * (see all 35 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — Practical extraction and reporting language Perl; Sun Microsystems Java See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Plan biological research. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical information or assistance to public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with government agencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research diseases or parasites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect environmental data or samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Instruct college students in physical or life sciences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposal documents or grant applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Classify organisms based on their characteristics or behavior. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Care for plants or animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop collaborative relationships between departments or with external organizations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate results of environmental research. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare research or technical reports on environmental issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop biological research methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review plans or proposals for environmental conservation. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 83% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 58% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 57% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 47% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 44% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 61% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 43% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 36% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 27% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 44% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 19% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 25% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 23% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 45% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
24   Bachelor's degree
24   Master's degree
24   Post-doctoral training

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Life Sciences — Anatomy; Animal Genetics; Animal Physiology; Aquatic Biology/Limnology; Biochemistry; Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other (see all 42 programs)

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IR

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Biological Scientists.
Employment data collected from Biological Scientists.
Industry data collected from Biological Scientists.

Median wages (2014) $34.59 hourly, $71,940 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 104,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 37,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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