What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Studies plant and animal life and conducts research in one of many specialized areas. May observe and study different types of animals or plants and their habitats or ecosystems, or study cell biology or microorganisms, or research questions relating to human biology and health.
There were 147 Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5048 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Biologist industry, which includes the Biologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Biologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $62,439.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,481.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Biologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $49,345.
Education and Experience
Posted Biologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Biologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||50%|
|3 to 5 years||37%|
|6 to 8 years||7%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Biologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (38%)
- Communication Skills (37%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)
- Writing (21%)
- Organizational Skills (19%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Biology (68%)
- Chemistry (21%)
- Natural Resources (17%)
- Natural Resource Management (13%)
- Environmental Science (10%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Experiments (13%)
- Biochemistry (11%)
- Scheduling (11%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (10%)
- Data Collection (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Botany (6%)
- Water Quality (6%)
- Wildlife Biology (6%)
- Entomology (5%)
- Wildlife Management (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Biologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Service Partner - Peo Implementation
- Field Biologist
- On-Call Biologist
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Biology Research Scientist
- Wildlife Biologist
- Field Biologist
- Molecular Biologist
- Cell Biologist
- Biological Technician
Here are the employers that have posted the most Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Paychex (167)
- Eurofins Scientific (96)
- Stantec, Inc. (73)
- US Government (65)
- United States Fish & Wildlife Service (63)
- Eurofins Scientific (7)
- Affinergy (5)
- Paychex (5)
- East Carolina University (4)
- University of North Carolina (4)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!