Biologists

Biologists, also known as life scientistsand biological scientists, study the origin, development, anatomy, function, distribution, and other basic principles of living organisms. They are concerned with the nature of life itself in humans, microorganisms, plants, and animals, and with the relationship of each organism to its environment. Biologists perform research in many specialties that advance the fields of medicine, agriculture, and industry. Approximately 94,680 biological scientists are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Study the origin, development, anatomy, function, distribution, and other basic principles of living organisms
Alternate Title(s) Biological Scientists, Life Scientists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience A related internship, volunteer position, or a part-time job will be useful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Professor or Project Chief
  • Biologist
  • Biological Technician