Biologist

A biologist is a scientist who studies all forms of life. This includes organisms as small as one cell to the largest animals that exist on earth. Biologists are interested in studying how all forms of life reproduce the particulars of their lifecycle and how their existence affects the world as a whole.

Some biologists conduct basic research to increase knowledge. However such basic findings can often be applied to purposes such as developing new medicines or ways to control illness preserving endangered species that might otherwise become extinct or even improving the general quality of living environments. Most biologists specialize in field such as microbiology (studying tiny life forms like bacteria and fungi) biochemistry (studying the chemical processes that allow for life) or ecology (studying entire ecosystem).

Biologists can work in primary and secondary schools colleges and universities. They also work for science museums zoos and nature centers. Some are employed by the federal government in public health or by private business and industry. Some even have careers in science writing or artistic illustration.

Myfootpath.com reports that with a bachelors degree the average entry-level salary for a biologist is approximately $33000. Biologists who do research and teaching in academic settings usually have masters degrees but most often Ph.D. degrees. For those with advanced education salaries depend upon specialties but range from approximately $55000 for wildlife biologists to $84000 for biochemists and biophysicists. Federal employees earn an average salary of $97000. The job outlook for this profession is strong especially for those with Ph.D. degrees who work in biotechnology. However academic jobs are extremely competitive.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $65000
High Salary: $97000
Low Salary: $33000
Tasks: Studies all forms of life - ranging from one-celled organisms to the largest animals that live on earth.
Conducts research studies on all forms of cellular life.
Work as researchers in medical facilities, as teachers and professors, or at zoos and museums.
Helps develop medicines or ways to prevent illnesses.
Also Called: Scientist
Microbiologist
Biochemist
Ecologist
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/388/Biologist.html
http://www.aibs.org/careers/
http://www.myfootpath.com/career-profiles/biologist/