Many small reptiles, like geckos and iguanas, can regrow lost tails. Biologist Kenro Kusumi wondered if their bigger relative—the American alligator—could also regenerate a severed tail.
Median Salary: about $90,000
Educational Requirements: Many biologists get their bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s or Ph.D. focusing on a specialty like genome biology.
Gearing Up: Find teachers or other mentors who support your love for science. Use the internet and books to learn about species that interest you. Visit local museums or zoos to discover more about these organisms and to find out about volunteer opportunities, summer jobs, or internships.
SOURCES: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, KENRO KUSUMI