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What Can I Do with a Major in Biology?

Degrees in Biology can open doors to many interesting and exciting careers in medical fields, and many other specific study fields. Graduates pursue careers as heads of private businesses,laboratory technicians, scientific sales representatives, project managers in life sciences, environmental consultants, allied health professionals, and high school or community college teachers. Many opt to go on and earn their Master’s degree or apply to a professional school. The following serves as a guide, but the career information and possibilities are not limited to the below list.

Related Major Skills

  • Ability to Meet Deadlines
  • Objectivity
  • Analytical Thinking Skills
  • Operating Sensitive Equipment
  • Assessing Problems and Situations
  • Patience and Perseverance
  • Communication Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Keen Observation and Attention to Detail
  • Scientific Approach
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Solo and Team Work Skills
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Solo and Team Work Skills
  • Math and Statistical Skills
  • Technological Adeptness

Related Entry Level Career Titles

  • Analytical Technician
  • Anthropology Technician
  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Aquatic Biology Assistant
  • Argonomist Technician
  • Biological Oceanography Assistant
  • Biotech Field Application Specialist
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Entomology Research Technician
  • Environmental Biology Trainee
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Field Technician
  • EPA Inspector
  • FDA Inspector
  • Field Test Services Technician
  • Forensic Science Analyst
  • Geology Associate
  • Marine Biology Assistant
  • Materials Testing Associate
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medical Writer
  • Production Associate
  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician
  • Science Lab Staff
  • Scientific Sales Supply Personnel
  • Technical Instructor

Related Career Titles Requiring Additional Education/Experience

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioremediation
  • Biotechnician
  • Botanist
  • Cell Physiologist
  • Clinical Bioanalytical Chemist
  • Coroner/Medical Examiner
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Entomologist
  • Food Science Technologist
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Information Scientist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • Metabolomics Technician
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Neurobiologist
  • Nurse
  • Oral Surgeon
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Process Organic Chemist
  • Project Manager in Allied Health
  • Reference Standards Scientist
  • Science Secondary Education
  • Science University Professor
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian

Employers of Biology Majors

  • Agricultural Processing Companies
  • Colleges of Science
  • Engineering Companies
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Environmental Testing Laboratory
  • Forensics Laboratories
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals and Dental Clinics
  • K-12 Schools
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Medical Schools
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Physical Therapy Clinics
  • Research Laboratories

Job Posting Sites

Access Excellence http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/CC/
Biology Careers in India http://environmentalchemistry.com/careers/in/type/biology.html
Biology Jobs http://www.biologyjobs.com/
Environmental Jobs and Careers http://www.ecoemploy.com/
Environmental Careers and Internships http://www.eco.org/
Job Openings in Science Careers http://aaas.sciencecareers.org/js.php
Medzilla (Biotech and Pharmaceutical Jobs) http://www.medzilla.com./
Nature Jobs http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/index.html
New Scientist Jobs http://www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs/default.aspx
Science Jobs http://www.science-jobs.org/
Scientific Careers http://aaas.sciencecareers.or/js.php
UIS Career Development Center http://www.uis.edu/careerservices
University of Illinois Alumni Career Center http://www.uiaa.org/careers/
Virtual Hospital http://www.vh.org/welcome/tour/discovery/

Career Planning Links

American Institute of Biological Sciences http://www.aibs.org/core/index.html
Biology Careers on the Internet http://www.istl.org/98-fall/internet.html
Botanical Society of America http://botany.org/
Careers in Science and Engineering http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/careers/contents.html
Cell and Molecular Biology http://www.cellbio.com/careers.html
CNN Money Article http://money.cnn.com/2000/09/15/career/q_degreebiology/
Distinguished Women in Biology http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/subject/biology.html
Graduate Career Opportunities http://biology.csuci.edu/bio_careers.htm
Princeton Review http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/majors/careers.asp?MajorID=47
Science Magazine (AAAS) http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
UIS Biology Department http://www.uis.edu/biology/
UIS Career Development Center http://www.uis.edu/careerservices
UIS Pre-Professional Information http://www.uis.edu/preprofessional/about/links.html

Professional Affiliations

Air and Waste Management Association http://www.awma.org/
American Association for the Advancement of Science http://www.aaas.org/
American Institute of Biological Sciences http://www.aibs.org/core/index.html
American Society for Cell Biology http://www.ascb.org/
American Society for Genomic Medicine http://www.genomic-medicine.stefan-university.edu/
Association for Tropical Biology http://atbio.org/
Bioelectromagnetics Society http://www.bioelectromagnetics.org
Biology News Net http://www.biologynews.net
Botanical Society of America http://botany.org/
The Company of Biologists http://www.biologists.com/web/
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology http://www.faseb.org
International Union of Biological Science http://www.iubs.org/
National Science Teacher Association http://www.nsta.org/
Pan American Aerobiology Association http://www.geocities.com/paaaorg/
Society of Ethnobiology http://ethnobiology.org/
Society for Experimental Biology http://www.sebiology.org/
University of Illinois Alumni Association http://www.uiaa.org/spfld/

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