Biologist

Overview:

Biologists analyse and research structures and processes in humans, animals, plants and micro-organisms. They investigate living environments, development reciprocal effects with other living beings or with the respective environment. Their findings are applied in areas such as environmental protection or in medical or pharmaceutical practice.

Biologists primarily work for institutes of higher education and research and for companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries. They may also find employment in the healthcare sector in workplaces such as hospital laboratories, at botanical gardens, zoos and nature reserves and in government offices. In addition, they may work for (trade and industry) associations, professional organisations or management consultancy companies.

Eligibility Criteria:

A bachelor’s degree in biology is required to access this activity.

For leadership positions and activities in research and development, a master’s degree is usually required.

For self-responsible activity in plant protection, proof of expertise for the application of pesticides is required by law. This is usually performed with the successful graduation.

Tasks:

  • Laboratory analysis.
  • Teaching at universities.
  • Pharmaceutical Consulting, Pharmaceutical Sales.
  • Product Approval.
  • Quality assurance and management.
  • Environmental consulting, management.
  • Process, product development.
  • Scientific Research.

Training for career advancement:

Those seeking leadership positions or activities in research and development, can take up master’s degree in any of the following subjects:

  • Biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biomedicine, Molecular Medicine.
  • Biological Sciences, Life Sciences.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Agricultural Biology.
  • Environmental Science.
  • Chemical Biology.

For an academic career at university, a doctorate is usually required for appointment as a university professor. Same is applicable to get promoted in private sector, research and in public administration.

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