We surveyed 3,111 biologists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical biologist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a biologist?

Low

High

Working as a biologist typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that biologists are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a biologist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a biologist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a biologist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a biologist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for biologists.

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Do biologists work full-time or part-time?

64% of biologists work in full-time roles while 36% work part-time.

Is being a biologist stressful?

Low

High

Biologists tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a biologist?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a biologist.

How competitive is the workplace for biologists?

Low

High

Biologists see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a biologist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Biologists will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are biologists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Biologists are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do biologists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally biologists will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a biologist physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a biologists is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are biologists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, biologists tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a biologist require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for biologists.

Does being a good biologist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a biologist.