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Working As A Biologist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Biologist Do At Tetra Tech

* Collect and analyze data, and develop reports in support of environmental programs for federal, state, and local clients.
* Assist in the completion of natural resources projects, including the completion of fieldwork.
* Assist in the writing of environmental documents.
* Client interaction.
* Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field.
* Candidates should have previous field work experience and should be detailed-oriented, self-motivated, and have a strong work ethic.
* Ideal candidates will have previous natural resources survey experience in California, including experience in botany and avian species identification.
* Applicants must be able to hike steep terrain, work in hot weather, and work 10 hour field days.
* Applicants must be able to work independently

What Does A Biologist Do At Stantec

* Stantec’s Nashville office has an immediate opportunity for a Biologist/Scientist, Project Manager to join our growing Biological/Natural Resources program.
* Therefore, the ideal candidate for this position is one that can capitalize on existing client relationships maintaining existing market position while also to expanding Stantec’s profile and market share in the regional market through a combination of excellence in technical delivery and business development.
* Candidate will manage and or conduct ecological field studies, evaluations, assessments, lead project/field teams performing a variety of natural resources or environmental due diligence assignments.
* Project Management and support of a variety of work under the biological/natural resources program, including:
* Project management of existing and new projects
* Coordinating and tracking of assignments, scopes, schedules budgets and deliverables
* Marketing and Business Development
* Proposal writing
* Client Management/client communication
* Technical writing
* Technical direction to staff/mentoring of staff
* QA/QC of technical documents
* Conducting field surveys
* Your Capabilities and Credentials:
* Minimum of Masters of Science in biology, botany, ecology, wildlife biology or a related discipline from a recognized university.
* Minimum of 10 years’ experience; which must include environmental consulting.
* Demonstrated experience in project management.
* Strong background and experience in conducting field surveys for a variety of state and federally listed plant and wildlife species.
* Experience preparing technical reports, including biological sections for NEPA documents.
* Applicable USFWS permits for the handling of listed species, is also a plus; but not an absolute requirement.
* Wetland delineation and permitting experience.
* Thorough knowledge and experience with Federal and State regulatory agencies and the mechanism of their regulatory oversight of State’s biological resources.
* Prior to employment this position will require the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen

What Does A Biologist Do At Department of Health and Human Services

* Plan and carry out experiments and/or techniques and procedures in support of experiments, in consultation with the supervisor/project leader, to define the mechanisms by which substances elicit toxic responses
* Assist with testing for the purity and integrity of the isolated RNA and proteins
* Plan and carry out all routine methods and procedures and develops some standard operating procedures
* Analyze the results of experiments to determine if the data generated is accurate and valid
* Serve as a senior research assistant in the laboratory and will assist with the leadership of the research activities of the laboratory in consultation with the supervisor/project leader
* Manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, including coordinating research projects and personnel as well as ensuring the availability of equipment and supplies
* Train new staff on methods and procedures used in the laboratory
* Travel Required
* Not RequiredRelocation Authorized
* No Associated topics: bioenergy, bioengineer, bioengineering, biologist, biology, genomics, laboratory, metabolic, microbiological

What Does A Biologist Do At NMS Labs

* Performs receiving, login, data entry, and handling of biological specimens as needed
* Develops and understands new and improved methods, their principles and significance.
* Peer reviews reports, and effectively communicates findings to internal and external clients.
* Trains and aids entry level/lower level peers in the understanding and application of forensic biology methods; may serve as Technical Leader, if appropriately qualified and designated.
* The successful candidate will have working knowledge of the following techniques: Serology, DNA extraction, PCR, STRs, and Capillary Electrophoresis, and calculation of genetic frequencies.
* Other job requisites include excellent communication skills, dependability and a strong work ethic, exceptional attention to detail, ability to teach classes and workshops, and good computer skills including Microsoft Office

What Does A Biologist Do At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

* Develop and optimize pathways for biosurfactant production in gas-utilizing bacteria.
* Improve substrate utilization and fatty acid production pathways using metabolic engineering.
* Build techniques for gas fermentation.
* Assist with the development of funding proposals.
* Help Principal Investigator with training and oversight of the workflow of other technical staff, Graduate Student Research Associates and Student Assistants.
* Participate in group meetings and seminars.
* Maintain an accurate and detailed computerized scientific logbook of all experiments performed.
* Ensure that others could duplicate results

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Average Length of Employment
Research Biologist 4.1 years
Senior Biologist 4.0 years
Wildlife Biologist 3.3 years
Staff Biologist 3.3 years
Resource Biologist 3.0 years
Biologist 3.0 years
Ecologist 2.8 years
Aquatic Biologist 2.5 years
Cell Biologist 2.4 years
Marine Biologist 2.2 years
Biologist Aide 2.2 years
Animal Biologist 2.1 years
Junior Biologist 1.7 years
Habitat Biologist 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Biologist
Internship 12.1%
Volunteer 6.0%
Technician 4.4%
Assistant 2.6%
Researcher 2.4%
Scientist 2.0%
Top Careers After Biologist
Scientist 7.8%
Volunteer 6.2%
Internship 5.5%
Consultant 4.5%
Technician 3.9%
Instructor 3.2%

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Biologist Demographics

Gender

Male

46.4%

Female

44.8%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.8%

French

6.7%

German

5.5%

Portuguese

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Russian

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Italian

2.4%

Cantonese

1.8%

Mandarin

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Albanian

1.2%

Serbian

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%
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Biologist Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

7.6%

Humboldt State University

7.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.9%

Johns Hopkins University

6.7%

University of Florida

6.2%

University of California - Davis

5.5%

Colorado State University

5.2%

Oregon State University

5.0%

George Washington University

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

University of South Florida

4.3%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.3%

North Carolina State University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.3%

University of Rhode Island

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

4.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Northern Arizona University

3.6%
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Majors

Biology

41.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

11.5%

Environmental Science

10.8%

Wildlife Management

4.6%

Zoology

4.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.9%

Microbiology

2.8%

Biotechnology

2.6%

Business

2.3%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.8%

Pharmacology

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Marine Sciences

1.6%

Public Health

1.5%

Nursing

1.4%

Chemistry

1.4%

Natural Resources Management

1.4%

Geography

1.3%

Pharmacy

1.1%

Plant Sciences

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

32.4%

Other

7.9%

Doctorate

6.8%

Certificate

3.0%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Highest Paying City
Fort Collins, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Biologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Biologist in the United States is $81,021 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Real Biologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Biologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2015 $123,679
Cancer Biologist (SAC I) Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Aug 07, 2016 $112,750
Cellular Biologist Pfizer Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 31, 2013 $96,400
Gamete Biologist Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $92,913
Biologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Jan 05, 2016 $88,305
Biologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA May 15, 2016 $88,305
Cellular Biologist Pfizer Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 07, 2014 $84,300 -
$126,600
Processing Biologist Indigo AG, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 15, 2016 $82,800
Biologist Medical Science & Computing, LLC Bethesda, MD Dec 27, 2016 $82,000
Field Biologist BASF Corporation Parkton, NC Nov 01, 2013 $80,609
Lead Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidiary of The Dow Chemic HI Sep 06, 2015 $80,304 -
$120,456
Biologist 8 Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 01, 2013 $73,087
Biologist III Integrated Resources, Inc. Worcester, MA Sep 16, 2014 $73,045
Lead Biologist Dow Agrosciences, LLC Indianapolis, IN Jan 18, 2016 $71,892 -
$107,844
Biologist County of Essex Newark, NJ Jan 30, 2014 $67,558 -
$75,000
Conservation Biologist Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC Jun 01, 2013 $66,630
Biologist 8 Kelly Services, Inc. Framingham, MA Aug 30, 2015 $66,304
Discovery Biologist Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Bethesda, MD Mar 08, 2013 $66,247
South American Biologist and Husbandry Care Specia Dallas World Aquarium Corporation Dallas, TX Sep 02, 2014 $65,514
Biologist EAG, Inc. Easton, MD Feb 06, 2014 $65,000 -
$75,000
Biologist EAG, Inc. Easton, MD Jun 02, 2014 $65,000 -
$75,000
Biologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Oct 07, 2013 $56,189
Equine Biologist Robinson Enterprises, Inc. Baltimore, MD Mar 03, 2015 $55,328
Biologist Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Jun 09, 2013 $55,326
Biologist Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 22, 2013 $55,326
Biologist Human Metabolome Technologies America, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 09, 2016 $55,000
Pest Biologist 2 State of Washington Department of Agriculture Prosser, WA Sep 05, 2015 $54,504

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Top Skills for A Biologist

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Habitat
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  • Completed and documented weekly and monthly lab equipment audits and calibrations.
  • Collaborated with supervisors of Bacteriology and Cell Biology departments to develop and implement quality control testing procedures for cell cultures.
  • Conducted complex field investigations of the environmental conditions of wetlands and other aquatic habitat in order to analyze ecological impacts.
  • Monitored and reported wildlife activity in private farmland and vernal pool environments.
  • Provided instruction on laboratory procedures and use of equipment to students and technicians.

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Top 10 Best States for Biologists

  1. Massachusetts
  2. District of Columbia
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  4. California
  5. Connecticut
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  7. Virginia
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  9. Nevada
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