Field Biologist Career

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Field Biologist

Career Area: Science and Research

Occupation Group: Biological Science

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Field Biologist earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $42,280

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $58,897

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

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.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina3+9.8%
Nationwide329+8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Field Biologist is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Field Surveys: Collection and gathering of information at the local level by conducting primary surveys is called field survey. The primary surveys are also called field surveys.
  • Biology: Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.
  • Environmental Science: Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences (including ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geodesy) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.
  • Botany: Botany, also called plant science(s), plant biology or phytology, is the science of plant life and a branch of biology.
  • Wildlife Surveys: Working experience of Wildlife Surveys, which are a useful tool to help estimate the population and location of wildlife within a given area.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Field Biologist that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Environmental Assessments: Environmental assessment (EA) is the assessment of the environmental consequences (positive and negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action.
  • Environmental Studies: Environmental studies is a multidisciplinary academic field which systematically studies human interaction with the environment in the interests of solving complex problems.
  • Entomology: Entomology is the scientific study of insects, a branch of zoology.
  • Vegetation Surveys: Working experience of Vegetation Surveys, which use a combination of point intercepts, quadrats, and circular habitat and land use plots to best characterize botanical community composition and structure across a gradient. Vegetative composition, height, and percent cover of plant species will be collected in order to assess changes in vegetation through time.
  • Marine Biology: Marine biology is the scientific study of marine life, organisms in the sea.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Environmental Impact Analysis: Environmental assessment (EA) is the assessment of the environmental consequences (positive and negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action.
  • Non-Point Source Pollution: Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution is a term used to describe pollution resulting from many diffuse sources, in direct contrast to point source pollution which results from a single source.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree100%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years44%
3 to 5 years36%
6 to 8 years9%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Biologist
  • Senior Biologist
  • Biologist On-Call
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Field Biologist

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