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Biologists

Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Prepare technical and research reports, such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
    • Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
    • Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
    • Plan and administer biological research programs for government, research firms, medical industries, or manufacturing firms.
    • Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
    • Identify, classify, and study structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant and animal species.
    • Write grant proposals to obtain funding for biological research.
    • Communicate test results to state and federal representatives and general public.
    • Research environmental effects of present and potential uses of land and water areas, determining methods of improving environmental conditions or such outputs as crop yields.
    • Study and manage wild animal populations.
    • Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
    • Measure salinity, acidity, light, oxygen content, and other physical conditions of water to determine their relationship to aquatic life.
    • Prepare plans for management of renewable resources.
    • Teach or supervise students and perform research at universities and colleges.
    • Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences.
    • Review reports and proposals, such as those relating to land use classifications and recreational development, for accuracy, adequacy, or adherence to policies, regulations, or scientific standards.
    • Study reactions of plants, animals, and marine species to parasites.
    • Develop methods and apparatus for securing representative plant, animal, aquatic, or soil samples.

    Skills

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 76800/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 36.92/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 800
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Dependability

    Tools

    • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
    • Microtomes
    • Dropping pipettes
    • Commercial fishing nets
    • Benchtop centrifuges

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Geographic information system
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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