Biological scientist or biochemist
- Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.
- Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease.
- Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment.
- Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms.
- Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms.
- Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease.
- Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms.
Typical Education Level
Honours, Bachelor's degree
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 13% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for biological scientist or biochemist is £39,042
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,047. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for biological scientist or biochemist roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £39,042 per year. That is about £3,253 per month or £20.02 per hour. New workers generally start on £24,440, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £60,362
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,047 people are employed in the region.