University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biological/Research Scientist

Biological/Research scientists study reproduction, growth and development, function, structure, behavior and other aspects of living organisms to develop medicines, prevent disease, and promote health.

Specializations

  • Anatomist – studies organ structure in animals and applies to human medicine.
  • Aquatic Biologist – studies micro-organisms, plants, and animals living in water.
  • Biochemist – researches how various substances affect living organisms and their functions.
  • Biophysicist – studies and analyzes mechanical and electrical energy in living cells and tissues.
  • Botanist – studies plants and their environments.
  • Ecologist – investigates relationships among organisms and between organisms and their environments.
  • Epidemiologist – studies the causes and spread of diseases among populations and determine ways to prevent or control diseases.
  • Geneticist – studies characteristics and inherited traits of humans and animals.
  • Histopathologist – studies how disease affects human and animal tissues.
  • Limnologist – studies fresh water organisms.
  • Marine Biologist – studies salt water organisms.
  • Microbiologist – examines and studies characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms.
  • Pharmacologist – analyzes the effects of drugs and other materials on human and animal tissue and functions of the biological system.
  • Physicist – researches physical phenomena and applies the theory and laws of physics to industry, medicine and other areas.
  • Physiologist – studies life functions of plants and animals, both in the whole organism and at the cellular or molecular level.
  • Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist – studies animals and wildlife, their origin, behavior, diseases, and life processes.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Biological Research Scientists work as consultants, or they are employed by private companies such as chemical or pharmaceutical, research facilities, the government, and laboratories. Some scientists may work in management positions. They may work in laboratories, hospitals or depending upon the specialty, outside of a laboratory, in classrooms, or offices. They work regular hours, 40-hours a week, although if working in field research, hours can vary and the work may be physically demanding.

 Education: 4-6+ year

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $61,855

 Job Growth: Medium

Getting Started

Career Outlook

    Biological Research Scientist

  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (Wisconsin): $36,400 to $112,700 per year.
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (National): $42,500 to $115,300 per year.Biochemist and Biophysicist
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (Wisconsin): $42,300 to $106,900 per year.
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (National): $44,200 to $149,100 per year.Epidemiologist
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (Wisconsin): $50,600 to $91,800 per year.
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (National): $43,500 to $112,400 per year.Microbiologist
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (Wisconsin): $36,100 to $98,300 per year.
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (National): $38,800 to $125,000 per year.Physicist
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (Wisconsin): $57,400 to $187,200+ per year.
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (National): $54,900 to $184,600 per year.Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (Wisconsin): $33,000 to $76,500 per year.
  • Typical Salary Range (2014) (National): $38,100 to $96,700 per year.

 

Biological Research Scientist

  • Number Employed in 2012: 580
  • Expected Employment in 2022: 590
  • Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 2%
  • Expected Annual Openings: 20

Biochemist and Biophysicist

  • Number Employed in 2012: 600
  • Expected Employment in 2022: 7400
  • Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 23%
  • Expected Annual Openings: 30

Epidemiologist

  • Number Employed in 2012: 40
  • Expected Employment in 2022: 50
  • Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 10
  • Expected Annual Openings: 0

Microbiologist

  • Number Employed in 2012: 470
  • Expected Employment in 2022: 520
  • Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 10%
  • Expected Annual Openings: 20

Physicist

  • Number Employed in 2012: 270
  • Expected Employment in 2022: 300
  • Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 10
  • Expected Annual Openings: 10

Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist

  • Number Employed in 2012: 410
  • Expected Employment in 2022: 420
  • Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 3%
  • Expected Annual Openings: 10

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