Malika Khatri

What are the common myths about Biologists and their work?

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RE: What are the common myths about Biologists and their work?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Confidential
  • Chandigarh
Pursuing a career in biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve. Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern such as environmental problems, threats to human health etc.
There are several work areas of biologists:-
Research - Research biologists study the natural world, using the latest scientific tolls and techniques in both laboratory settings and the outdoors to understand how living systems work. many work in exotic locations around the world and what they discover increases our understanding of biology and may be put to practical use to find solutions to specific problems.
Environmental Management and conservation- Biologists in management and conservation careers are interested in solving environmental problems and preserving the natural world for future and educate the general public. Zoo biologist carry out endangered species recovery programmes. In addition , management and conservation biologists often work landowners and special interest groups to develop and implement management plans.
Biotechnology- Biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science and medicine.
Forensic Science- Forensic biologists work with law enforcement agencies using scientific methods to discover and process evidence that can be used to solve crimes.
Health care- Biologists may develop public health campaigns to defeat illnesses such as tuberculosis, AIDS, cancer and heart disease. Other work to prevent the spread of rare, deadly diseases . Veterinarians tend to sick and injured animals and doctors, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals maintain the general health and well being of their patients.
Politics and policy- Science advisers work with lawmakers to create new legislation on topics such as bio medical research and environmental protection. Their input is must , ensuring that decision are based upon solid science.

RE: What are the common myths about Biologists and their work?

Vivek Kumar
Vivek Kumar
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Counselor / Subject Matter Expert in Microbiology
  • Meerut

Dear Aspirant, you have not mentioned your academic background. Let me tell about the real job of a biologist. The biologist means any one who has studied botany, zoology, microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, forensic science, biomedical science, agriculture, ennvironmental science.

The common myth about biology are, that their life is routine, no excitement, less money compared to other lucartive jobs and as usual teahing job.

But this not so, let me tell you about myself, I am a microbiologist (so may call me a biologist), I have dome MSc and PhD in Microbiology. Presently working as Senior Assistant Professor in a reputed university. My nature of job is, four classes per week (Teaching MSc students), research part of my job is, I am guiding two PhD students, one is working on environmental aspects and another one on biofertilizer development. Besides these some meetings with colleagues and supiriors (off course with a cup of tea). There is some official related work also, such as related to exams, and quality control. I really enjoy my work. The time I get apart from above mentioned work, I use to write research papers, book chapters, and chit chat with colleagues and research scholars. What I enjoy most is that when something new findings we report in our research papers. The research aspect of my job profile is really very exciting. Moreover, I keep myself update with latest in my subjects, whenever I tell my students some thing new, their gesture gives me highest level of satisfaction.

A biologist in agriculture discipline looks after the agricultural aspects, about crop production, crop management, disease management. A biomedical technologist looks after the biomedical as well as instruments aspects. Person working in pharmacology, enjoys working on novel drugs and their effect on human beings. A zoologist, when find some new species of animal, a botanist find some beneficail properties of a plant, gives them academic recognition.

Some biologist who are solely working on research and development aspects in multinational companies or universities or reserach institutions have generated very good results, developed some new varieties of crops and vegetables. When people consume their products, what level of happiness they get, you can understand.
Finally, I want to say that the life of a biologiat is very exciting, challenging and enjoyable and is very rewarding also.

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