A college education may open doors to a fast-growing, high-paying job as a biological scientist

Students who earn at least a bachelor's or a master's may be able to enter the fast-growing, high-paying field of biological science.
Students who earn at least a bachelor's or a master's may be able to enter the fast-growing, high-paying field of biological science.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), completing higher education can help people begin a career as a biological scientist.

The BLS reports that these individuals study living creatures and their relationship to the environment. Much of their work involves research that can give professionals a better understanding of the life cycle.

Employment for environmental scientists is expected to increase by about 21 percent through 2018, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Growth in this discipline will be fueled by increased efforts to preserve and protect the environment.

Individuals who hold one of the many jobs in this field can expect to earn between $82,000 annually.

People who are interested in a career as a biological scientist should consider higher education, as at least a bachelor's degree is required to enter this field. With a bachelor's or a master's degree, professionals may find jobs in applied research or in teaching. A PhD is usually required for independent research, however.

Schools that offer a master's degree program in biology include Massachusetts' Northeastern University, the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas, according to their websites.

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