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Job Summary

Responsible for observing and studying study the origin, development, evolution, adaptation, chemical processes, structure, and function of plant and animal life.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with and observe plant and animal life.
  • Examine life processes and develop theories.
  • Study evolution of plants and animals and determine how they adapted to climate change, predators, etc.
  • Specialize in studying plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
  • Study the structure of single-celled and multicellular organisms.
  • Study and observe the life functions of plants and animals, including respiration, colonization, reproduction, and adaptation.
  • Study and observe heredity and traits.
  • Determine how traits are passed on from one generation to another.
  • Attempt to isolate genetic mutations.
  • Examine the effects of diseases on cells, organs, animals, and tissues.
  • Study how food is used as fuel and how it changes in the body.
  • Examine how animals use vitamins, proteins, carbs, minerals, and other nutrients.
  • Study the effects of drugs, poisons, pollen, and dusts on living things.
  • Observe the atomic structure and the electrical and mechanical energy of cells and organisms.
  • Develop new breeds of animals or plants.
  • Supervise technicians inside a laboratory.
  • Perform research and write reports.
  • Present information to colleagues, universities, and the public.
  • Study the relationships of plants, animals, and the food chain.
  • Work within drug, chemical, and food processing companies; colleges and universities; government agencies; publishing firms; and research centers.