Research the bodily functions of organisms.

What does a Physiologist do?

In one day, a Physiologist learns more about how plants and animals function than most people do in their lifetime. Working in hospitals, research facilities, and academia, Physiologists study the life functions of plants and animals. Typically, they specialize in a particular area, such as growth, reproduction, or movement of a specific organism.

As a Physiologist, you’re responsible for a variety of tasks. Working in labs, you study the cellular structure, mechanical and biological functions, and chemical aspects of plants and animals. Using your college coursework in botany, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics, you make new discoveries and answer questions. Plan to work closely with Lab Technicians, Physicians, and researchers as you navigate through experiments and studies.

A love of science makes your work exciting, and determination and patience keep you going when experiments don’t go as planned. Say, for example, you want to learn why a specific single-celled organism reproduces at twice the speed of others. After spending days working on it, you discover that it was a fluke and the reproduction rate cannot be guaranteed. Rather than letting frustration take over and leaving the lab, you try to discover why the variation in reproduction happened.

Organizational and communication skills serve you well as a Physiologist. You need both in order to track data from your experiments and translate that information into layman’s terms. When the situation calls for it, you may be required to present your findings to your Supervisors and research peers. Comfort with public speaking and self-confidence both come in handy in those instances.