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Biologists study living things like plants and animals, in the laboratory or in their natural environment.

The Work

You could work in one of a number of specialist areas including botany, zoology, microbiology, immunology, biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology or ecology.

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

Salaries for biologists vary depending on the type of work done. Starting salaries for graduates tend to be in the range of £19,000 to £25,000 a year.

For research posts, pay can be up to around £38,000 a year. Well qualified and experienced biologists can earn more than £50,000 a year. There are opportunities in both the public and private sectors and pay rates will vary.

If you work for NHS Scotland as a registered clinical scientist in areas such as microbiology or immunology, you would be on Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. Starting salaries for pre-registration trainees are on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Agricultural, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries, along with health and environmental organisations and charities employ researchers and technicians.

You can also work in a range of management and teaching posts at various levels. Smaller numbers of graduates opt for careers in IT, law, health care, finance, retail, marketing or administration.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9901
1.8 %
RISE
2024
10079
  United Kingdom
2019
85285
1.8 %
RISE
2024
86780

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

The IntoBiology website is a good source of information on what you can do with a career in biology and includes videos, projects and study skills.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Biochemical Society
Tel: 020 7685 2400
E-mail: education@biochemistry.org
Website: http://www.biochemistry.org/
Twitter: @BiochemSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Biochemical-Society/99242639743

You can download a free careers booklet for 16-18 year olds from the website.

Genetics Society
Tel: 020 3793 7850
E-mail: theteam@genetics.org.uk
Website: http://www.genetics.org.uk/
Twitter: @GenSocUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/207531925428/

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Tel: 020 7713 0214
E-mail: mail@ibms.org.uk
Website: http://www.ibms.org/
Twitter: @BiomedScience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biomedicalscience

Microbiology Society
Tel: 020 7685 2400
E-mail: info@microbiologysociety.org
Website: http://microbiologysociety.org
Twitter: @MicrobioSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicrobiologySociety

Physiological Society
Tel: 020 7269 5710
E-mail: contactus@physoc.org
Website: http://www.physoc.org/
Twitter: @ThePhySoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/physoc

Royal Society of Biology
Tel: 020 3925 3440
E-mail: education@rsb.org.uk
Website: http://www.rsb.org.uk
Twitter: @RoyalSocBio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocBio

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