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Biologist

Biologists study the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of living organisms such as humans, animals and plants and their relationship with the environment.

Duties and tasks

  • Examine the effects of environmental factors on plants
  • Investigate the biochemistry, anatomy and physiology of living organisms such as humans, animals and plants and their relationship with the environment
  • Liaise with other industry professional to apply the research results and develop new products or practices
  • Observe the development of micro-organisms and the effects they have on living organisms
  • Plan and conduct experiments and process and analyse results and data
  • Study a range of forms and structures including bodily organs and tissues, chemical structures and micro-organisms
  • Write up scientific reports and present to the scientific community at conferences or via published papers in scientific journals

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail and Accuracy
  • Ethical
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Strong Research and Analytical Skills

Working conditions

Biologists typically work Monday to Friday, however overtime hours during the evening and on weekends may sometimes be required to conduct experiments. Biologists usually work within universities, research facilities or plants in laboratories and offices. They may be required to wear protective clothing if working with dangerous substances and equipment.

Professional associations / Industry information

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia

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  • Anatomist
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Life Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Physiologist
  • Zoologist

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