21110 – Biologists and related scientists

Broad Occupation Category

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations.


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Broad Occupation Category

211 – Professional occupations in natural sciences

Broad Occupation Category

2110 – Physical science professionals

Biologists and related scientists conduct basic and applied research to extend knowledge of living organisms, to manage natural resources, and to develop new practices and products related to medicine and agriculture. They are employed in both laboratory and field settings by governments, environmental consulting companies, resource and utilities companies, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnical companies, hospitals and health, research and educational institutions.

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Example Titles

  • Astronaut

  • Bacteriologist

  • Bioinformatician

  • Biologist

  • Botanist

  • Cell biologist

  • Ecologist

  • Embryologist

  • Geneticist

  • Histologist

  • Immunologist

  • Marine biologist

  • Marine biologist

  • Microbiologist

  • Molecular biologist

  • Mycologist

  • Parasitologist

  • Pharmacologist

  • Physiologist

  • Protozoologist

  • Toxicologist

  • Virologist

  • Zoologist

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:


  • Plan and conduct studies of the environment, and of the population, distribution, structure and functional characteristics and behaviour of plants and animals

  • Conduct ecological and environmental impact studies and prepare reports

  • Study, identify and classify plant and animal specimens

  • Conduct experiments in plant or animal growth, heredity and breeding

  • Prepare reports and plans for management of renewable resources

  • May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.

Microbiologists and cell and molecular biologists

  • Conduct research into the structure, function, ecology, biotechnology and genetics of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and algae

  • Conduct research into the structure and functioning of human, animal and plant tissues and cells

  • Conduct studies into the identification, effects and control of human, plant and animal pathogens and toxins

  • Conduct clinical or laboratory studies to test, evaluate and screen drugs, pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles used in biomedical applications

  • Conduct molecular or biochemical studies and experiments in genetic expression, gene manipulation and recombinant DNA technology to develop new or alternative methods of producing products

  • Conduct research in biotechnology to discover, develop and refine, and evaluate new products

  • May participate in the commercialization of new products

  • May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists

  • May conduct biostatistical data analysis using computer modelling techniques.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in biology or in a related discipline is required for biologists.

  • A master's or doctoral degree in biology or a related discipline is required for employment as a research scientist in biology.

  • Post-doctoral research experience is usually required before employment in academic departments or research institutions.

  • Biologists are regulated in Alberta and British Columbia.