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Biology

Definition

Biology is the study of life from the simplest forms of plants and animals to the highly complex structure of the human being. It includes the study of how organisms are structured as well as how they function and relate to each other.

Job Titles to Consider

 

Agricultural Scientist
Anesthesiologist
Agricultural Commodities Inspector
Animal Scientist
Biochemist / Molecular
Biologist
Bioengineer
Botanist / Zoologist
Consumer Safety Officer
Criminologist
Cytogenetic Technologist
Ecologist
Environmental Health Specialist
Flavors / Fragrances Researcher
Food Scientist / Technologist
Genetic Researcher
Hospital / Managed Care Administrator
Industrial Hygienist
Marine Biologist
Medical Laboratory Technician
Microbiologist
Ophthalmologist
Pharmacy Technician
Research Biologist
Science Lab Technician
Technical Writer
Test / Inspection Technician
Toxicologist
Veterinary Technician
Wildlife Biologist

Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You're Hired”?

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.

Professional Organizations

American Institute of Biological Sciences
www.aibs.org/core/index.html

Federation of American Scientists
www.fas.org/

Human Biology Association
http://www.humbio.org/joomla/

American Aquarium and Zoo Association
www.aza.org

International Biometric Society
www.embo.org/

Society for Mathematical Biology
www.smb.org/

Association of Tropical Biology
www.atbio.org

US Geological Survey-Biological Resources
http://biology.usgs.gov/

Additional Sources of Information

Science Careers and job hunting
http://recruit.sciencemag.org

Biology Jobs
www.BiologyJobs.com

 

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