Career Outlook

‘Much Faster than Average’ Job Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),* biological scientists will see employment growth of 21 percent through 2018, which is much faster than the average. The BLS reports that there were 91,300 biological scientists in 2008, with about 40 percent employed in some area of government. The projected growth is expected to stem from research and development in biotechnology, specifically in the areas of gene identification and sequencing.

In addition to federal and state government, bioinformatics scientists—including bioinformatics analysts—can find career opportunities within postsecondary schools, scientific research and development, and pharmaceutical companies.

Salary Outlook

The BLS reports that as of 2010, the median annual wages for biological scientists was $68,220 in which the lowest 10 percent earned $38,780 and the highest 90 percent earned $102,300. Top-paying states (as of 2010) for biological scientists, according to the BLS, are Maryland, Maine, Virginia, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

* As reported by