What does a Biological Scientist do?

Biological scientists work in biochemistry, aquatic biology, botany, microbiology, zoology, and ecology. They study living organisms like animals, plants, and microbes and examine their relationships to the environment and other living things. They are research scientists who examine how living organisms relate to the environment. Biological scientists specialize in plants, animals, environmental studies, ecology, zoology, and biochemistry.

Biological scientists often split time between studying an object and its environment and working in research labs. A typical day could involve analysis of plants, research of mammal habitat, common testing specimens, or studying relationship patterns. Their research often relates to animal habitats and measures to promote, cure, treat, or improve them. They are familiar with using laboratory equipment and utilizing tools, including microscopes, robotic equipment, or cell counters. Biological scientists need a master's or doctorate degree in their specialization while some lower-level positions accept a bachelor's in biological science for entry-level applicants.

What responsibilities are common for Biological Scientist jobs?
  • Maintain files, records data, logs activities, and monitor processes.
  • The successful candidate will be a committed team player prepared to work in and embrace a team based culture.
  • Work in a matrix team environment to enable optimal delivery of project and department objectives to the highest possible scientific standard.
  • Work closely to enable external partners to generate biological reagents to support discovery programs.
  • Sterilize equipment and maintain area in a clean and orderly fashion to support the manufacturing schedule.
  • Collaborate within the department and cross-functionally to meet set objectives.
What are the typical qualifications for Biological Scientist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in biological sciences or life sciences.
  • Knowledgeable about isolation, mutagenesis, and acid components.
  • A natural problem solver with demonstrated critical thinking and collaboration skills.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
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Biological Scientist Salaries near Canada

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$97,207 /yr
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Biological Scientist Career Path

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University of FloridaUniversity of Florida
Biological Scientist
Aug 29, 2021

“Being a grant founded position the pay is not great”

Florida Department of HealthFlorida Department of Health
Biological Scientist III
Nov 28, 2023

“good overtime pay was a benefit until hours were randomly cut”

Florida Department of HealthFlorida Department of Health
Biological Scientist III
Jun 21, 2021

“The pay is not the best”

Aug 25, 2021

“good pay for entry level position”

Oncologica UKOncologica UK
Molecular Scientist
Oct 31, 2022

“nice people to work with”

Jul 12, 2023

“good pay for what you do”

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Biological Scientist
Apr 14, 2022

“Flexible working hours are the best part of the job.”

Mako Medical LaboratoriesMako Medical Laboratories
Molecular Scientist
Oct 19, 2023

“Good training as well.”

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