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Biology Research Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Plans and conducts laboratory research in a specialized area of biology. May conduct research to support product or process development. Directs research experiments and staff, operates specialized equipment and analyzes and reports research results.

Job Outlook

There were 109 Biology Research Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4684 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biologist industry, which includes the Biology Research Scientist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Biology Research Scientist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,873.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $68,513.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Biology Research Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $58,223.

Education and Experience

Posted Biology Research Scientist 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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree37%
Master's Degree43%
Doctoral Degree20%
Other0%

Posted Biology Research Scientist 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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years39%
3 to 5 years37%
6 to 8 years14%
9+ years10%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Biology Research Scientist 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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (60%)
  • Communication Skills (49%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (34%)
  • Organizational Skills (24%)
  • Troubleshooting (24%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Biology (48%)
  • Experiments (37%)
  • Biochemistry (36%)
  • Molecular Biology (32%)
  • Chemistry (27%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Biotechnology (19%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (14%)
  • Experimental Design (12%)
  • Microbiology (12%)
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Western Blot (6%)
  • Mammalian Cell Culture (6%)
  • Protein Purification (4%)
  • Tissue Culture (4%)
  • Virology (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Premarket Approval Application (2%) – marginal value $2,922

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Biology Research Scientist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Associate Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Scientist I
  • Biological Scientist

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Biology Research Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • state of florida (222)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (184)
  • Pfizer (121)
  • Eurofins Scientific (105)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (67)

North Carolina

  • Grifols (7)
  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (6)
  • Becton Dickinson (6)
  • State North Carolina (4)
  • Xyzagen (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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