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ActivitiesResearch or study cellular structure and functions, or organ system functions, of plants, and animals.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$66,510 per year in May 2009

Work Context & ConditionsMost biologists spend their time in laboratories conducting research and in offices writing up results and keeping up with the latest research discoveries.

Biological scientists typically work regular hours. While the 40-hour workweek is common, some biological scientists work longer hours. Some researchers may be required to work odd hours in laboratories or other locations (especially while in the field), depending on the nature of their research.

Minimum Education RequirementsBachelor's Degree

SkillsCritical Thinking, Visioning, Operation and Control, Writing, Idea Evaluation, Equipment Selection, Mathematics, Idea Generation, Active Learning, Solution Appraisal, Identifying Downstream Consequences, Identification of Key Causes, Information Gathering, Reading Comprehension

AbilitiesMemorization, Category Flexibility, Deductive Reasoning, Flexibility of Closure, Written Comprehension, Near Vision, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning, Written Expression