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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 and biotechnical companies and health and educational institutions.
anatomist, bacteriologist, bioinformatician, biologist, botanist, cell biologist, ecologist, embryologist, geneticist, histologist, immunologist, marine biologist, microbiologist, molecular biologist, parasitologist, pharmacologist, physiologist, protozoologist, toxicologist, virologist, zoologist.
- 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.
- 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 and pharmaceuticals
- Conduct molecular or biochemical studies and experiments into genetic expression, gene manipulation and recombinant DNA technology
- Conduct research 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.
Biologists and related scientists may specialize at the macroscopic level, in fields such as botany, zoology, ecology and marine biology or, at the cellular and molecular level, in fields such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, pathology, bacteriology and virology.
Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Belgiumtown, Bras d'Or, Bridgeport, Caledonia, Centreville Reserve Mines, Dominion, East Slope, Florence, Gannon Road, Glace Bay, Havenside, Hub, Kaneville, Little Bras d'Or, Louisbourg, McKays Corner, McLeods Crossing, Morien Hill, New Aberdeen, New Victoria, New Waterford, North Sydney, Passchendaele, Reserve Mines, Reserve Rows, River Ryan, Scotchtown, Steeles Hill, Sterling, Sydney Mines, Table Head, Tomkinsville
Outlook & Prospects for Biologists and Related Scientists in Cape Breton Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Cape Breton Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-05-11|
Currently the chances of qualified Biologists and Related Scientists finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. The Sydney Tar Ponds project, along with several other projects requiring environmental assessment, monitoring or remediation have created some opportunities for biologists, particularly those with aquatic or marine background. Government departments involved in natural resources and environmental regulation also provide employment to this occupational group.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Biologists and Related Scientists in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Biologists and Related Scientists (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- Glencore Xstrata Pie, owner of the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton, is boarding up and pulling its equipment from the idle site and is laying off nine contract workers. The mine has coal reserves, but it does not fit with the company¿s plans, and a buyer is being sought.
- Premium Seafoods will rebuild the Arichat fish plant, which burnt down in August and employed 55 to 70 people seasonally. The company will also open its new shrimp processing plant in Petit de Grat in December, employing 30 workers.
- Nova Scotia Power¿s biomass fuel plant in Point Tupper has officially opened, creating 32 full-time jobs. In addition, 200 people will be indirectly employed in procurement, tree harvesting, and trucking.
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