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Biological Scientists
(SOC Code : 19-1020)
in Ventura County

This broad occupation includes the following four detailed occupations: 19-1021 Biochemists and Biophysicists, 19-1022 Microbiologists, 19-1023 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, 19-1029 Biological Scientists, All Other

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Doctor's degree .

Ventura County is the same as Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura MSA.
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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
Program and use computers to store, process and analyze data.
Prepare technical and research reports such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences.
Cultivate, breed, and grow aquatic life such as lobsters, clams, or fish.
Study and manage wild animal populations.
Study aquatic plants and animals and environmental conditions affecting them such as radioactivity or pollution.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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