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Biology Job Overview

A biologist is a scientist who studies living organisms and their relationship with their environment. Jobs in biology, like those in any other scientific discipline, are spread over many different sectors. Some biologists conduct their research in the field – that is, on land, in air and in water. Others do so in laboratories. Biology jobs can be found in agriculture, conservation, education, medicine and industry.

Biology Job Educational Requirements

Education requirements for jobs in biology depend largely on the nature and seniority of the position in question. For research technician jobs, qualifications like the Level 3/4 Certificate/Diploma or Level 4/5 Diploma in an appropriate subject may be sufficient. For more senior positions, employers typically expect a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in a biological science subject. For lecturer jobs, a doctoral degree is a must, and it should be in a relevant subject, such as biology or applied biology. A specialisation the likes of botany, ecology or marine biology, as well as experience in the subject area is usually required.

Biology Job Market

The biology jobs market varies according to fluctuations in local and national economies. In areas like medicine, biologists will always be required to develop innovative methods of diagnosing and treating illness and disease. The market is expected to remain buoyant for the foreseeable future, with an emphasis on the genetic manipulation of micro-organisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc., otherwise known as biotechnology. The study of biology at molecular level, a.k.a. molecular biology, is also a very sought-after field.

Biology Job Salary Information

According to the National Careers Service, a research biologist working in industry could earn between £23,000 and £45,000 per annum. Senior staff could earn up to £60,000 or more per annum. In academia, research fellows could earn up to £36,000 per annum, lecturers could earn up to £46,000 per year and professors, may earn up to £60,000 or more per annum.

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