Silk Researcher Career Profile

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12 June 2023

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What is a silk researcher?

A silk researcher studies silk from silkworms and spiders to find and develop new applications for human use.

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Silk researchers are looking into applications of silk that include the following fields:

  • Medicine (using it against blood clotting)
  • Textiles
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Construction
  • Body Armour

Alternative Names

The career might also be known as a:
  • Silk Scientist
  • Sericulture Scientist

The person who farms with silkworms is called a:

Career Categories

The Silk Researcher career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Scientific

What does a Silk Researcher do?

Groups of animals a Silk Researcher works with

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What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

With who does a Silk Researcher work?

Besides working with all of the animals, Silk Researchers will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members or the public.

Fellow staff might include:

  • Supervisors/Managers
  • Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance
  • Lab Technicians

What does a Silk Researcher focus on?

The primary focus of silk researchers is to use extracted silk to see whether it can be used in producing new medicines or even materials for human consumption.

What are the daily tasks of a Silk Researcher?

  • Discuss brief with clients
  • Harvest silk from spiders or silkworms
  • Research specific strand of silk
  • Document research findings
  • Administration and filing

Working conditions of a Silk Researcher?

Where does a Silk Researcher work?

Environment –

Silk researchers work mostly indoors in specialized laboratories.

Places of Employment –

They may be employed by government, research institutions, academia or cloth/clothing companies.

What is the average annual salary of a Silk Researcher?

On average the income per year is around $70,000. This will differ from country to country.

Can a Silk Researcher be promoted?

Advancement in the field typically depends on work experience. First-year researchers often begin on a part-time basis, fitting their training commitments around other work demands.

The levels of each promotion might differ from organization to organization, but generally are the following:

Intern -> Junior Researcher -> Senior Researcher -> Manager

What kind of difficulties can a Silk Researcher face?

The most difficult part of this career is the exceptionally long hours and stress of finding and producing new applications.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The industry is difficult to penetrate, but there is a very high level of growth in the private sector to discover new applications.

Availability of Jobs


Which Skills are required by a Silk Researcher?

The skills required for a career as a silk researcher can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • Handling animals
  • Handling euipment
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Silk Researcher?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum educational requirement to become a silk researcher is a Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific field. Most researchers do progress on to a Master’s or even Doctorate Degree.

Study Focus

Major –

Most researchers focus on studies towards biochemistry, biology, materials science, molecular bioscience.

Short Courses –

Courses in learning more about biomimicry.

Study Duration

The duration of a Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Master’s and Doctoral Degrees can add an additional 2 to 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a scientist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the university as well as the place of employment, after you have successfully applied for a new job.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior scientist.

Join the Silk Researchers Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community

Professional Associations

  • None listed yet

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards biology and molecular science.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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