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

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Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Botany

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

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

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

  • Virology

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

Skills

  • Apply scientific methods

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

  • Conduct research on fauna

    Collect and analyse data about animal life in order to discover the 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.

  • 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.

  • Gather experimental data

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

  • Conduct research on flora

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

  • 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

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