Biological scientists and biochemists

£43,680

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

39

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

2.77%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.

Qualifications

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.

Typical tasks

  • studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms;
  • identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease;
  • performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms;
  • researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms;
  • observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment;
  • advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease;
  • monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.

Common job titles

Officer, fatstock (DEFRA)
Technologist, biomedical
Ornithologist
Chemist, soil
Immunologist
Breeder, plant
Manager, research
Officer, horticultural
Officer, advisory
Agroclimatologist
Virologist
Manager, arboricultural
Researcher
Cytogeneticist
Fieldman
Entomologist
Adviser
Officer, scientific, laboratory, medical
Assistant, research
Consultant, dairy
Officer, trials, field
Scientist
Technologist, genetic
Officer, advisory (DEFRA)
Officer, scientific
Parasitologist
Chemist, agricultural
Adviser, agricultural
Consultant, agricultural
Toxicologist
Biochemist
Physiologist
Pharmacologist
Chemist, biological
Adviser, horticultural
Officer, science, laboratory, medical
Engineer, genetic
Monitor, trials, clinical
Serologist, veterinary
Scientist, research, fisheries
Pathologist, veterinary
Scientist, animal
Cytologist
Biologist
Consultant, arboricultural
Systematist
Engineer
Horticulturist
Neuroscientist, computational
Scientist, aquatic
Naturalist
Biotechnologist
Director of research
Adviser, poultry
Botanist
Endocrinologist
Consultant, farming
Agrostologist
Officer, research
Pathologist, plant
Scientist, forensic
Scientist, research
Scientist, audiological
Officer, production, milk
Scientist, laboratory, medical
Agronomist
Osteologist
Chemist, forensic
Scientist, biomedical
Nematologist
Histopathologist
Hydrobiologist
Scientist, clinical
Nutritionist, agricultural
Cytotaxonomist
Officer, experimental, chief
Anatomist
Bacteriologist
Officer, experimental, senior
Kinesiologist
Horticulturalist
Embryologist
Officer, field
Officer, technical (government: DEFRA)
Associate, research, clinical
Helminthologist
Conchologist
Scientist, agricultural
Worker, research
Ichthyologist
Officer, advisory, district
Lepidopterist
Mycologist
MLSO
Consultant, horticultural
Scientist, marine
Zoologist
Microbiologist
Geneticist
Nutritionist, research
Consultant, forestry
Consultant, fisheries
Associate, research
Fieldsman
Taxonomist
Officer, stock, live
Scientist, horticultural
Silviculturist
Herpetologist
Histologist
Pathologist
Limnologist
Nutritionist, animal
Nutritionist, ruminant

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.