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2008 to 2018 will need more biological scientists

December 19,2010 by: Dallas Browne

The recent economic recession has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs. So now if you are looking for a career that is less likely to be influenced by major economic turmoil you might want to enter the field of biological science.

According to the Labor Department, biological scientists’ employment can be expected to grow to 21% from 2008 to 2018. During the past years, biological scientists became highly in demand primarily due to the popularity of the biotechnology industry and the rate of their employment is expected to be faster than any other occupations’ employment growth. Today and in the next years, firms and pharmaceuticals who are either inline with biotechnology or are planning on utilizing biotechnology techniques in the future are opening new job opportunities to biological scientists.

Biological scientists are primarily concerned with the study of living organisms and how they are related to the entirety of the environment. Basically, these scientists conduct researches aimed at gaining improved understanding of the essential life processes. This enriching of knowledge will then be used to create or develop products and procedures that will solve specific problems. Biological scientists usually work in universities, private industries or the government. Some of these scientists are involved in basic researches – a kind of research that is aimed at adding knowledge about things. Some of these scientists are concerned with applied research which is particularly aimed at solving a specific problem.

There are specializations that can be taken under the broader heading of biological science. One of which is aquatic biology. This area is the study of plants, animals and micro-organisms found in water. Scientists who are particularly studying organisms in salt water are called marine biologists while those studying organisms in fresh water are limnologist.

Another field is biochemistry. Biochemists are concerned with the study of the chemical reactions and combinations involved in living organism’s growth, reproduction and metabolism. Biophysics is also another specialization that you can look forward to. Biophysicists are largely involved in studies in areas of bioinformatics and neuroscience. Microbiology which is a field concerned with microscopic organisms is another area of biological science. Physiology which is in line with the study of animals and plants’ functions can both be studied in the micro and macro level. Botany (which is the study of plants), zoology (which is the study of animals) and ecology (which is about the organisms’ relationship with each other and their environment) are other fields of specialization in biological science. Jobs in this field can be available for bachelors and master’s degree holder although positions related with research and development requires Ph.D.

According to the Labor Department, in 2008 the median yearly salary of biophysicists and biochemists is $82,840 while those working in research and development department have median annual pay of $85,870. Microbiologists’ median annual earning in the same year is $64, 350 while zoologists receive $55, 290. In 2009 the starting salary for bachelor’s degree holder averaged to $33,254. As mentioned earlier biological scientists are less likely to be affected with economic recessions primarily because they are mostly engaged in long-term researches.


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