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Field Biologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 3 Field Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 573 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 2012:

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 $57,747.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $45,869.

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 $51,104.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree30%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

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 years49%
3 to 5 years36%
6 to 8 years11%
9+ years5%

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 Skills (68%)
  • Writing (47%)
  • Planning (31%)
  • Detail-Oriented (30%)
  • Research (29%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Field Surveys (100%)
  • Biology (97%)
  • Wildlife Surveys (42%)
  • Environmental Science (39%)
  • Natural Resources (34%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Project Management (19%)
  • Technical Writing / Editing (19%)
  • ArcGIS (19%)
  • Customer Contact (17%)
  • Renewable Energy (17%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Environmental Planning (6%)
  • Archeology (5%)
  • Wetland Science (5%)
  • Erosion Control (4%)
  • Entomology (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.

  • Environmental Impact Analysis (2%) – marginal value $1,310
  • Site Investigations (1%) – marginal value $1,129
  • Storm Water Management (1%) – marginal value $1,012
  • Environmental Impact Statements (3%) – marginal value $913
  • Categorical Exclusions (3%) – marginal value $891

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Biologist
  • Senior Biologist
  • Biologist Central On-Call
  • Biologist I

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

  • Stantec, Inc. (32)
  • ICF (29)
  • Dudek Incorporated (28)
  • Tetra Tech (18)
  • Rincon Consultants Incorporated (16)

North Carolina

  • Sustainability (1)
  • Erm Group (1)
  • Trc Companies Incorporated (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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