Profession biologist

Biologists study living organisms and their interactions with each other and with the environment, and apply this knowledge to solve human health and environmental problems. They work in diverse fields such as botany, zoology, ecology, marine biology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, bacteriology and virology.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Investigative / Artistic
  • Investigative / Social

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  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Botany

    The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.

  • Virology

    The structure, characteristics, evolution and interactions of viruses and the diseases they cause.

  • Molecular biology

    The interactions between the various systems of a cell, the interactions between the different types of genetic material and how these interactions are regulated.

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

    Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.


  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Send biological samples to laboratory

    Forward collected biological samples to the concerned laboratory, following strict procedures related to the labeling and tracking of the information on the samples.

  • Conduct research on fauna

    Collect and analyse data about animal life in order to discover the basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.

  • Conduct research on flora

    Collect and analyse data about plants in order to discover their basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.

  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop scientific research protocols fish anatomy write work-related reports mammalogy prepare fish treatment plan advise on animal welfare assess environmental impact conserve natural resources adapt communication style according to recipient monitor treated fish inspect fish stock coordinate operational activities collect fish samples for diagnosis develop environmental policy ornithology provide advice to hatcheries ecology fish identification and classification animal welfare legislation follow safety precautions in fishery operations ensure animal welfare in slaughtering practices collect samples for analysis maintain relationships with animal welfare establishments implement scientific decision making in healthcare develop aquaculture breeding strategies prepare fish treatment facilities apply risk management processes biosecurity mycology toxicology pollution legislation analyse cell cultures pharmacology develop scientific theories analyse fish samples for diagnosis create training materials biotechnology in aquaculture fish welfare regulations deliver online training report pollution incidents pathology provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities administer treatments to fish monitor fish mortality rates entomology diagnose aquatic animals disease symptoms seek innovation in current practices interview parties in relation to animal welfare investigations use specialised equipment assessment of risks and threats biological chemistry use different communication channels assess environmental impact in aquaculture operations develop aquaculture strategies chemistry communicate in an outdoor setting carry out internet research communicate in english at a competent user level perform laboratory tests identify risks in aquaculture facilities prepare visual data carry out fish disease prevention measures write scientific papers speak different languages develop fish health and welfare management plans pollution prevention maintain aquaculture treatment records report analysis results osteology follow environmentally-sustainable work practices analyse blood samples oceanography analyse work-related written reports inspect animal welfare management control aquatic production environment anthropology communicate verbal instructions advise on legislative acts develop management plans keep task records provide technical expertise lepidoptery apply teaching strategies monitor water quality screen live fish deformities conduct fish populations studies write routine reports perform lectures aquatic species applied zoology communicate technicalities with clients write research proposals report on environmental issues herpetology fish biology create natural science taxonomies correctly handle the disposal of chemicals discuss research proposals communicate by telephone conduct ecological research assess fish health condition quality assurance methodologies preserve fish samples for diagnosis conduct fish mortality studies communicate specialised veterinary information perform field research control fish diseases archive scientific documentation develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture

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