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Taxonomist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies organisms, including plants, animals and micro-organisms, and classifies them in to groups. Conducts field research to collect specimens and lab research to analyze and document specimens or samples. May identify and name previously unknown species. May assist with forensics investigations.

Job Outlook

There were 0 Taxonomist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 41 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Taxonomist 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 $63,269.

State

We do not have this data at this time.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Taxonomist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $53,931.

Education and Experience

Posted Taxonomist 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 Degree72%
Master's Degree28%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Taxonomist 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 years26%
3 to 5 years74%
6 to 8 years0%
9+ years0%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Taxonomist 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 (56%)
  • Communication Skills (32%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
  • Microsoft Excel (20%)
  • Organizational Skills (17%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Metadata (49%)
  • Data Taxonomy (34%)
  • Ontologies (32%)
  • Plant Taxonomy (24%)
  • SQL (24%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Asset Management Industry Knowledge (20%)
  • Data Collection (17%)
  • User Research (17%)
  • Computer Engineering (15%)
  • Google Analytics (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Botany (5%)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (5%)
  • Natural Resources (5%)
  • Plant Ecology (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.

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (2%) – marginal value $6,112
  • Construction Monitoring (2%) – marginal value $1,447
  • Wetland Delineation (2%) – marginal value $1,296
  • Aquatic Ecology (2%) – marginal value $875
  • Wildlife Surveys (2%) – marginal value $692

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Biologist I
  • Biological Scientist II
  • Field Biologist
  • Mid-Level Biologist/Restoration Ecologist

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

United States

  • Sogeti USA (5)
  • Electronic Arts Incorporated (3)
  • Instacart (2)
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses (2)
  • Amazon (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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