Are you interested in finding new species? Maybe finding cures to diseases? If you answered yes to these questions, then becoming a biological scientist may be for you.
The growth in the amount of biological scientists is expected to vary by field. However, the amount of biochemists and biophysicists is expected grow much faster than average.
What Biological Scientists do:
Biological scientists conduct research in various fields relating to biology, including diseases and vaccines. Research is often conducted regularly in a laboratory or office, sometimes out in the field. Field work entails going to a location where a biological scientist may find material or evidence to support their research or experiment. For example, a biological scientist studying a rare plant species may do field work by going to a forest where the rare plants are found.
The Process to Become a Biological Scientist is as Follows:
Obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology
Obtain a master’s degree in biology (optional)
Obtain a Ph.D. (optional)
** Though obtaining a master’s degree or a Ph.D is optional, they are recommended if one wishes to advance into project management or supervisory positions. A Ph.D. is required to conduct pure research, manage one’s own research project, and to teach at universities.
Salary and Benefits:
Compensation and benefits vary depending on the specific area of biology a biological scientist conducts research on.
I have included a few average wages in 2011 for various fields of biological scientists:
Biochemists and biophysicists: $87,640
Zoologists and wildlife biologists: $61,880
Also, biological scientists may be able to travel for free if their destination is for field work.
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