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.

What responsibilities are common for Biologist jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Biologist jobs?
  • 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
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Biologist Salaries near Canada

Average Base Pay

$71,244 /yr
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Biologist Career Path

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U.S. Department of AgricultureU.S. Department of Agriculture
Seasonal Wildlife Technician
Sept 12, 2021

“This is a great opportunity if you want to work outdoors and gain practical skills for wildlife roles.”

California Institute for Regenerative MedicineCalifornia Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Stem Cell
Mar 7, 2022

“Becoming a CIRM fellow was one of the best opportunities I could have been apart of!”

US Fish and Wildlife ServiceUS Fish and Wildlife Service
Oct 21, 2021

“Future career goals weren’t supported and I was cut off from participating in just about anything that would have helped in attaining those goals.”

TransPecos BanksTransPecos Banks
Marine Biologist
Feb 20, 2023

“I respected everyone above me and felt that they saw me as a person as well.”

Bio-Reference LabsBio-Reference Labs
Laboratory Aide
Aug 31, 2021

“opening and given me a new perspective on what I want out of my career.”

Archipelago Marine ResearchArchipelago Marine Research
Nov 8, 2023

“I get to work on a diversity of interesting projects and I have opportunity to grow my career.”

Jacobi Medical CenterJacobi Medical Center
Environmental Services Aide
Mar 5, 2023

“Good pay but not enough to cover living expenses in New York.”

Molecular Biologist
Jul 5, 2021

“Low salary but good for a beginner.”

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