Job Title: 


Alternate Titles: 

,Biomedical scientist,Forensic scientist,Horticulturist,Microbiologist,Pathologist

Job Description: 

Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.


Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 1.2
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 3.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms;
  • identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease;
  • performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms;
  • researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms;
  • observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment;
  • advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease;
  • monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.