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Field Biologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Field Biologist studies plants and animals in their natural environments or studies plant and animal ecosystems. Conducts field research, collects observations and analyzes data. May direct research for environmental assessments or research for agricultural products.

Job Outlook

There were 14 Field Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 357 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biologist industry, which includes the Field Biologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Field 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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,174.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,174.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Field Biologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $54,662.

Education and Experience

Posted Field 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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree10.36%
Bachelor's Degree75.91%
Master's Degree29.13%
Doctoral Degree2.24%
Other3.36%

Posted Field 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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years52.22%
3 to 5 years33.5%
6 to 8 years11.33%
9+ years2.96%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Field 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.

Baseline Skills

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

  • Communication (42.02%)
  • Management (32.21%)
  • Coordinating (19.89%)
  • Self-Motivation (19.33%)
  • Detail Oriented (19.05%)
  • Problem Solving (18.77%)
  • Planning (17.93%)
  • Research (17.65%)
  • Good Driving Record (15.69%)
  • Writing (15.69%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Biology (78.26%)
  • Biomonitoring (21.12%)
  • Field Surveys (22.36%)
  • Construction Monitoring (22.67%)
  • Data Collection (25.16%)
  • Ecology (24.53%)
  • Field Research (26.4%)
  • Environmental Science (24.53%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Botany (16.15%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (11.18%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (10.25%)
  • Global Positioning Systems (14.91%)
  • Technical Writing (7.14%)
  • Environmental Consulting (10.56%)
  • Environmental Compliance (9.94%)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (11.49%)
  • GPS Data (9.01%)
  • Surveying (9.94%)
  • Wildlife Biology (12.42%)
  • Project Management (21.12%)
  • Soil Science (7.45%)
  • Data Entry (10.87%)
  • Sampling (Statistics) (3.42%)
  • Surveys (10.87%)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software) (12.11%)
  • Water Resources (7.14%)
  • Wetland Delineation (13.98%)
  • Habitat Assessment (4.97%)

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.

  • Construction Monitoring (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Field Biologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Field Reimbursement Manager
  • Microbiology Specialist
  • Biologist
  • Project Biologist
  • Biological Field Technician
  • Wetland Biologist
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Field Monitor
  • Lead Biologist

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 Field Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • AstraZeneca (21)
  • Endemic Environmental Services (21)
  • Tetra Tech (18)
  • Jones Fish Hatcheries & Dist (17)
  • Stantec (12)
  • Acrt (12)
  • The Erm Group Foundation (12)
  • Western Ecosystems Technology (11)
  • Montrose Environmental Group (10)
  • TRC Companies (8)

North Carolina

  • Vezita Tech (2)
  • Suez - Water Technologies & Solutions (2)
  • Kelly Services (2)
  • Stefanini (2)
  • Rangam International (1)
  • Rangam Consultants (1)
  • Hunter International (1)
  • Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions (1)

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!