Biologists analyze living organisms, and they may work in a number of settings. For example, they may work at a university conducting research or they might conduct research to aid with a company's industrial efforts. This work is generally indoors in a laboratory setting, although field work may be required for tasks such as mapping land, gathering samples from the land and water, and assisting with surveying. Travel is sometimes be required to monitor sites away from the office. Research projects and presentations may also require leaving for a week or so at a time.
These professionals work with fellow researchers in the field and in the office under the supervision of a head biologist. They must be able to communicate well with co-workers and supervisors. Additionally, because they need to write many reports, they must have excellent skills in analyzing and presenting data in a written form. Biologists often work on multiple projects at once, so multitasking capabilities are a must.
Generally, biologists need at least a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field; most biologist positons require post-baccalaureate education (such as a master's or doctoral degree) as well. These professionals must have excellent attention to detail in charting their data and experimental design. This includes having excellent note-taking and data-logging abilities, generally including basic computer skills to log data.
- Inform public, state, and federal representatives and agencies of test results.
- Determine environmental effects of land and water use.
- Conduct and analyze plant and animal biological data about relationships between organisms and their environment.
- Prepare environmental impact reports.