Careers in biology

As a biological scientist, you study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. You could specialise in healthcare (e.g. developing new drugs, treatments and diagnostic tests), environmental management (e.g. developing new biofuels) and conservation (e.g. protecting endangered species), education (e.g. classrooms, research labs, in the field or in museums) and research.

You may find employment within the general health and medical industry (hospital scientists, analytical and diagnostic laboratory scientists and research scientists), food and agriculture-based industries, animal health, quarantine, wildlife biology, environmental consulting, museums, herbaria and the emerging biotechnology industries (e.g. advancing technology in agriculture, food science and medicine).

You could also use your scientific knowledge in the areas of policy and economic development (e.g. pollution policy or biomedical research funding), sales and marketing (related to scientific products), science writing and communication.

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Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in biology:

  • Technical laboratory skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and analytical proficiency
  • Investigation and research techniques
  • Teamwork skills
  • Project management skills

Related roles include:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Inspection officer
  • Scientific consultant (government or private industry)
  • Research assistant
  • Microbiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Biochemist
  • Ecological modeller
  • Environmental ecologist
  • Biophysicist
  • Urban and Regional planner
  • Conservation officer
  • Zoologist
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for biologists at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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