Biologists studies living plants, animals and organisms. Biologists may work in the field or a laboratory.  

Nature of the job

The study of biology is basically the study of life, which can be a very broad and wide-ranging subject. There are many opportunities to explore and you can work in a variety of fields, across different sectors such as agriculture, conservation, medicine and in industries. Common areas for biologists are in research within the medical and life sciences in research institutes, hospitals or medical facilities. A career in healthcare will see you developing treatments and cures for diseases, AIDS and even cancer. If you prefer the study of other living organisms, you can also consider being an environmental biologist and play a part in the protection and conservation of endangered wildlife and eliminate issues such as pollution.

The majority of biologists will specialise in an area of study. To work as a biologist, you will need a keen interest in research. You will also need to have a good degree of perseverance and be able to work independently. Fieldwork can sometimes be at challenging locations. Typically work 9-5pm with occasional overtime.

Job Description
  • Monitor, track and study organisms
  • Develop products such as enzymes, vitamins and antimicrobials
  • Collect samples from various sites, following sampling schedules in specific environments

Career Progress: Junior Biologist/Lecturer > Senior Biologist/Lecturer > Reader/Technical Lead > Professor/Consultant