Biological Scientists and Biochemists

What do they do? ​

Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the structure, chemistry, and physical characteristics of living organisms.

Green biologists research the characteristics of animals and their environments.

What are hours and pay like?

  • Average Salary: £37,049
  • Average Hours per week: 37 Hours​

What does their job involve?

Environmental assessment

These experts check how industries, construction, and farming impact nature. They make rules to reduce harm to the environment.

Pollution control

Green scientists study pollution's harm to ecosystems and find ways to clean it up, often using natural methods like bioremediation.

Sustainable farming

They research and promote eco-friendly farming practices, such as organic farming and safe pesticides and fertilisers.

Species protection

Green biologists protect endangered species and their homes. They may restore habitats, breed animals, and make rules to keep them safe.

Climate change action

These scientists study how climate change affects nature and make plans to combat its effects and adapt to a changing world.

Eco-friendly materials

Biochemists create materials that break down naturally, reducing the impact of plastics and other non-biodegradable substances. They design environmentally friendly chemical processes and products.


Entrants usually have a degree or BTEC/SQA or GSVQ Level 3s.​

Training providers in Surrey

Surrey Universities offer specialized science degrees that may be relevant:

Or check out vocational courses at our colleges:

Skills they need

  • Hard skills that are important for this role: Biology, biochemistry, ecology, project management, data analysis ​
  • Important soft skills: Research, communications. management, planning, writing​
  • Job opportunities: 1,505 green jobs in the area by 2030​.

Surrey-specific employers:

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