What does a Biologist do?
Biologists study living things, and can be involved in the
following areas of work:
- developing new
medicines and treatments for illness and disease
- working with doctors to diagnose, monitor and treat
- testing the effectiveness and safety of
medicines and other products
- working in industry
to prevent contamination of food or helping with waste
- advising on agricultural, environmental
or conservation issues
- helping to protect,
conserve and develop wildlife habitats
plants and animals in their natural habitats.
Biologists will specialise in one or two areas which
can include: animal biology, biochemistry, biotechnology,
ecology, environmental biology, genetics, immunology,
marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant
biology and physiology.
Biologists work in a team
with other scientists and technicians. They design and
conduct experiments, make observations, and write up
the work in reports and scientific papers. They will often
supervise the work of support staff and carry out
administrative work. Biologists working in universities or
teaching hospitals will be involved in teaching and
What's the working environment like working as a Biologist?
Most biologists work 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday, with
occasional evening and weekend work. Shifts, nights, or
on-call work are usual if providing a round-the-clock
service to the public, as in the NHS.
Biologists work in
laboratories, but may work in the field, sometimes in
arduous conditions. Protective clothing is worn to
prevent contamination and avoid contact with hazardous
substances. Fieldwork may involve travel and periods
away from home.
What does it take to become a Biologist?
To be a biologist, you should:
- have practical
scientific skills and theoretical knowledge
- have an
enquiring mind and be able to think clearly and
- be good at problem solving, with a
methodical approach to your work
- be able to work
accurately and pay great attention to detail when
working in the laboratory
- be able to work with, and
lead, a team of professionals
- have excellent verbal
and written communication skills
- be able to keep up
with advances in your field, by reading relevant scientific
- understand statistics and relevant
- be willing to undertake any
fieldwork when required.
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