CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Biological Scientists

Biological Scientists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
All biological scientists not listed separately. Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
 
Program and use computers to store, process and analyze data.
 
Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
 
Study aquatic plants and animals and environmental conditions affecting them such as radioactivity or pollution.
 
Communicate test results to state and federal representatives and general public.
 
Identify, classify, and study structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant and animal species.
 
Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences.
 
Plan and administer biological research programs for government, research firms, medical industries, or manufacturing firms.
 
Research environmental effects of present and potential uses of land and water areas, determining methods of improving environmental conditions or such outputs as crop yields.
 
Measure salinity, acidity, light, oxygen content, and other physical conditions of water to determine their relationship to aquatic life.
 
Teach, supervise students and perform research at universities and colleges.
 
Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
 
Study basic principles of plant and animal life such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and function.
 
Study and manage wild animal populations.
 
Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
 
Cultivate, breed, and grow aquatic life such as lobsters, clams, or fish.
 
Prepare plans for management of renewable resources.
 
Develop methods and apparatus for securing representative plant, animal, aquatic, or soil samples.
 
Study reactions of plants, animals, and marine species to parasites.
 
Develop pest management and control measures, and conduct risk assessments related to pest exclusion using scientific methods.
 
Prepare technical and research reports such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
 
Review reports and proposals, such as those relating to land use classifications and recreational development, for accuracy, adequacy, or adherence to policies, regulations, or scientific standards.
 
All biological scientists not listed separately.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aquatic Biologist
Aquatic Scientist
Assistant Scientist
Bioinformatics Specialist
Biological Scientist
Biologist
Botanist
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Researcher
Community Ecologist
Cytologist
Director of Cell Biology
Dolphin Researcher
Ecology Biologist
Endangered Species Project Manager
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Specialist
Fish Culture Supervisor
Fish Culture Technician
Fisheries Biologist
Genetic Engineer
Marine Biologist
Marine Scientist
Molecular Biologist
Mycologist
Nematologist
Neurobiologist
Neurophysiologist
Ocean Biologist
Physiologist
Plant Ecologist
Rare/Endangered Species Specialist
Research Analyst
Research Associate
Research Biologist
Research Fisheries Biologist
Research Scientist
Scientist
Wildlife Biologist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Biological Scientists
 
 
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