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Working As A Research 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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Biologist Do At Geological Survey

* Using a variety of techniques to conduct research focused on the biology, ecology, and control of invasive aquatic organisms, especially Asian carps.
* Serving as an independent member of, or leader of, research teams that may include scientists of many disciplines, from CERC, other USGS Centers, other agencies, and academia.
* Preparing proposals, reports to funding agencies, and scientific journal publications.
* Providing technical assistance to DOI agencies and to other Federal, State, and private interests as appropriate, including occasional representation of USGS at meetings with management agencies.
* Operating a government vehicle as an incidental driver

What Does A Research Biologist Do At Department of Agriculture

* Duties include, but are not limited to:Developing research plans and conducting experiments to identify, design and characterize alternatives to antimicrobial strategies in the context of growth physiology with an emphasis on feed additives;Optimizing and utilizing technology, analytical as well as computational, to pinpoint physiological mechanisms by which AGPs impact the intestinal milieu (that could include microflora) and examine genetic predisposition to disease susceptibility;Identifying strategies and novel biologically active molecules and biological compounds as alternatives to antibiotic strategies to maintain animal well-being including gut health towards maintenance or increases in the efficiency of animal productivity;Disseminating research findings in a variety formats
* Travel Required
* Occasional Travel
* For scientific meetings, training, or other work related travel
* Relocation Authorized
* Yes
* Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.
* Associated topics: configuration, human, liaison, mechanic, military, operations, space, stability, stf

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Average Length of Employment
Research Biologist 4.0 years
Senior Biologist 4.0 years
Research Scientist 3.8 years
Staff Biologist 3.3 years
Biologist 2.7 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.4 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Biologist
Biologist 7.8%
Internship 6.8%
Scientist 3.2%
Instructor 2.5%
Technician 2.4%
Top Careers After Research Biologist
Scientist 8.8%
Biologist 7.3%
Consultant 5.9%
Manager 5.1%
Internship 3.4%
Director 2.4%
Volunteer 2.2%

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Research Biologist Demographics

Gender

Female

46.9%

Male

39.0%

Unknown

14.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Asian

15.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

12.5%

Chinese

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Cantonese

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Swedish

3.1%

Sami

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Hakka

3.1%

German

3.1%

Bengali

3.1%

Thai

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Research Biologist Education

Schools

Johns Hopkins University

11.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.2%

Temple University

5.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.4%

Texas A&M University

5.4%

Purdue University

5.4%

Thomas Jefferson University

5.4%

University of Georgia

5.4%

University of Florida

4.5%

University of Connecticut

4.5%

Villanova University

4.5%

University of Akron

4.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.6%

University of the Sciences

3.6%

North Carolina State University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Delaware Valley University

3.6%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.6%
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Majors

Biology

31.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

10.8%

Microbiology

5.4%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

5.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

4.6%

Environmental Science

4.1%

Zoology

4.1%

Nursing

3.5%

Pharmacy

3.5%

Chemistry

3.5%

Animal Science

3.1%

Pharmacology

3.1%

Plant Sciences

2.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.3%

Business

2.3%

Biotechnology

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Veterinary Science

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

34.3%

Bachelors

30.3%

Doctorate

19.7%

Other

8.8%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

2.5%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$75,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Highest Paying City
Juneau, AK
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Research Biologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Biologist in the United States is $75,792 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

Real Research Biologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 18, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 23, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 12, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Aug 02, 2010 $96,867 -
$125,926
Senior Research Biologist Merck & Co., Inc. Boston, MA Sep 15, 2010 $96,678 -
$122,020
Field Research Biologist-Seeds & Traits R&D Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidiary of The Dow Chemic HI Aug 29, 2016 $94,608 -
$141,926
Research Biologist North Slope Borough, Dept of Wildlife Management Barrow, AK Jan 01, 2011 $91,316
Research Biologist/Wildlife Veterinarian North Slope Borough, Dept of Wildlife Management Barrow, AK Aug 01, 2011 $88,826
Research Biologist/Wildlife Veterinarian North Slope Borough, Dept of Wildlife Management Barrow, AK Oct 01, 2011 $88,826
Research Biologist/Wildlife Veterinarian North Slope Borough, Department of Wildlife Manage Barrow, AK May 04, 2013 $88,826
Researcher/Biologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Oct 11, 2009 $86,505
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Jun 21, 2010 $81,460 -
$105,897
Senior Research Biologist Merck & Co., Inc. Point, PA Aug 23, 2010 $81,037 -
$119,628
Postodoctoral Researcher/Biologist Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Nov 01, 2010 $77,000
Field Research Biologist Agrigenetics D/B/A Mycogen Corporation, A Subsidia Kaumakani, HI Aug 08, 2014 $75,026 -
$104,916
Senior Research Biologist Merck & Co., Inc. Boston, MA Sep 01, 2010 $74,006 -
$119,628
Research Biologist U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA Jun 07, 2010 $71,237 -
$96,867
Biologist R&D Dow Agrosciences LLC Indianapolis, IN Aug 28, 2015 $70,699 -
$104,916
Researcg Molecualr Biologist U.S. Department of Agriculture Albany, CA Aug 22, 2016 $70,333 -
$91,433
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2011 $69,000
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2013 $63,600
Research Biologist USDA, Agricultural Research Service Boston, MA Oct 20, 2013 $62,758
Research Biologist USDA, Agricultural Research Service Boston, MA Nov 17, 2013 $62,758
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Dec 14, 2011 $61,700
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Dec 14, 2010 $61,700
Assistant Research Biologist University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jun 01, 2010 $61,700
Wildlife & Research Biologist Hamer Environmental, L.P. Hoquiam, WA Mar 01, 2015 $60,112

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Top Skills for A Research Biologist

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Assay Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform general maintenance on laboratory equipment and troubleshoot where necessary.
  • Established primary cell cultures from muscle, dermal, and connective tissues for creating three-dimensional biological constructs for tissue repair.
  • Research Area: Protein purification and assay development
  • Used skills in data evaluation and interpretation and practical knowledge of molecular biology analysis software and databases.
  • Plan, conduct, analyze, interpret and summarize experimental data, and report results in technical reports.

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