Career

Science and Research

 

Physiologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies cell, plant or animal life systems, including human anatomy, and studies the effects of outside agents on the human body. May teach physiology, work with patients in clinical settings, or do research in a specialized area of physiology, including vaccine or pharmaceutical development.

Job Outlook

There were 16 Physiologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 338 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Physiologist 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 $71,499.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $53,217.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Physiologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $56,397.

Education and Experience

Posted Physiologist 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 Degree22%
Master's Degree41%
Doctoral Degree35%
Other2%

Posted Physiologist 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 years51%
3 to 5 years35%
6 to 8 years7%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Physiologist 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 (65%)
  • Communication Skills (51%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (39%)
  • Organizational Skills (28%)
  • Troubleshooting (28%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Physiology (79%)
  • Biology (51%)
  • Experiments (28%)
  • Data Collection (27%)
  • Scheduling (25%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Manual Dexterity (19%)
  • Chemistry (16%)
  • Microbiology (13%)
  • Genetics (12%)
  • Pathology (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Immunology (7%)
  • Metabolism (7%)
  • Natural Resource Management (7%)
  • Organic Chemistry (6%)
  • Tissue Culture (5%)

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.

  • Natural Resource Management (7%) – marginal value $3,944
  • Disease Biology (2%) – marginal value $2,169
  • Organic Chemistry (6%) – marginal value $2,129

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Neurophysiologist ,
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Biologist
  • Entomologist
  • Research 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 Physiologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Nuvasive Incorporated (59)
  • Abbott Laboratories (23)
  • Agricultural Research Service (12)
  • Food Drug Administration (9)
  • Nuvasive Clinical Services (9)

North Carolina

  • Syngenta (3)
  • Nuvasive Incorporated (3)
  • Mission Health (2)
  • Smithers (2)
  • North Carolina State University (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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