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Careers Involving Biology & Art

The field of biology can often benefit from visual images and artistry. We discuss the job duties, education requirements and salaries of a few of the available careers that tend to involve a lot of biology and varying levels of art.

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Career Options Involving Biology and Art

Although not a common combination, there are some careers that involve both biology and art to help depict various biological concepts and/or observations. Below is a table that lists a few career options that encompass biology and art.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Photographers $34,070 3%
Medical & Scientific Illustrators $50,790 (for all fine artists) 3% (for all fine artists)
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists $60,520 4%
Biological Technicians $42,520 5%
High School Science Teachers $58,030 (for all high school teachers) 6% (for all high school teachers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information on Jobs Involving Biology and Art

Photographers

Photographers typically use digital cameras to capture images of various subjects and/or events and photo-enhancing software and lighting techniques to achieve the desired look in their photos. Some fine arts photographers may take pictures of wildlife and/or plants that could be used in things like biology books, but scientific photographers may be the best career in the field that combines biology and art. Scientific photographers specialize in taking pictures of medical or scientific phenomena. This may involve taking pictures through microscopes and limiting the use of photo-enhancing software to get the most accurate picture possible. Their work may be used in textbooks, scientific papers and more. Formal education is not necessarily required for most photographers, but scientific photographers usually need to have a bachelor's degree.

Medical & Scientific Illustrators

Some fine artists may like to paint, sculpt or otherwise depict living and natural things, but medical and scientific illustrators better combine science of biology and art. Medical illustrators specialize in drawing human anatomy, 3-D models or animations and surgical procedures. They may use computers or draw by hand to create their images. Scientific illustrators focus on drawing plants, animals, atoms, molecules and more. Both of these illustrators may have their work published in scientific journals or used for educational purposes. Medical illustrators usually have a bachelor's degree, but may also pursue a master's degree in the field. Other fine artists also usually have a bachelor's or master's degree.

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists are a couple of careers that mostly involve biology, as they study animals and their ecosystems. They may focus their research on animal behavior, population dynamics, breeding patterns and related subjects. Some of their work may be used to improve the conservation efforts of a particular species. Although art is not heavily involved in their work, these scientists may occasionally draw or take pictures of their observations in the field, as well as create different visual aids to help present their research findings in presentations or papers. Most zoologists and wildlife biologists have a master's or Ph.D. for research positions, but could enter the field with a bachelor's degree.

Biological Technicians

Like zoologists and wildlife biologists, biological technicians may not use art in their everyday work, but they could use drawings, pictures and other visual aids in their notes to help present their findings. Technicians work closely with biological and medical scientists in labs to run an array of lab experiments and tests. They help collect different kinds of biological samples, like blood or tissue, and prepare and run a variety of laboratory equipment. They are responsible for keeping detailed notes on their procedures and results and then analyzing these results. Biological technicians need a bachelor's degree and some lab experience.

High School Science Teachers

High school teachers are responsible for teaching adolescents in the 9th through 12th grades in a variety of subjects to prepare them for life after graduation. This requires them to prepare lesson plans, assignments and assessments, as well as provide a safe learning environment for their students. They may help monitor students during free-time and update administrators and/or parents about a student's progress. High school science teachers who teach biology as part of their curriculum may incorporate art into their lessons. They may draw or show their students various images on the board to help explain a concept, or even have students draw their own observations during lab experiments. High school teachers typically need at least a bachelor's degree, and most public schools also require a state license to teach.

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