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Biologist

Biologists study living things, like animals and plants.

Potential salary
£14,000 to £70,000
Working hours
38 to 40 a week
  • knowledge of biology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent written communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your tasks will depend on your specialism and could include:

  • improving productivity in livestock or crops
  • cleaning polluted rivers
  • protecting plants and animals
  • developing new methods to diagnose, monitor and treat illness or disease
  • preventing food contamination or creating ways to dispose of waste safely
  • designing and carrying out experiments, making observations, writing reports and publishing scientific papers
  • teaching students, if you’re based at a university or teaching hospital
  • supervising support staff

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a laboratory, at a research facility or at a university.

You could move into management, teaching, the media, administration and scientific journalism.

You'll find more details about careers, courses and training in biology through the Royal Society of Biology and Into Biology.

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