Biology Career Options

What Can You Do?

Typical Degree Training

Medical & Allied Health Fields
Physician, Optometrist, Dentist, Podiatrist, Veterinarian M.D. etc. - Professional School

Chiropractic Medicine,  Physical Therapy,  Medical Technician, 
Etc.

See a Pre-Health Advisor or the Pre-Health Information Packet (available in 127 Miller) for specific details.
Academia
High School Science Teacher: Education B.A. + Teaching Certificate
Community College Instructor: Education M.S. or Ph.D. - Graduate School
 College or University Professor: Teaching and Research Ph.D. - Graduate School
Researcher, Research Institution or Museum M.S. or Ph.D. - Graduate School
Research Technician B.A. or M.S. - Graduate School
Industry & Business
Research & Development - Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Forest Products, Agro-industry  M.S. or Ph.D. - Graduate School
Technician - Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Forest Products, Agro-industry. B.A. or M.S. - Graduate School
Pharmaceuticals- Research & Development M.S. or Ph.D. - Graduate School
Sales - Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Forest Products, Agro-industry, Scientific Equipment, Science Publisher B.A.
Environmental Consulting Firm B.A., M.S., or Ph.D.
Publishing - Science Writing, Editing, or Illustrating B.A.
Environmental Law - Lawyer B.A. + Law Degree - Law School
Environmental Law - Paralegal Law or Paralegal Degree
Lobbyist (Industry Association) Law or Paralegal Degree
Government
Researcher: US or State Government (CDC, EPA, USFWS, NMFS, USDA, DEC, etc.) M.S. or Ph.D. - Graduate School
Technician: US or State Government B.A. or M.S.
Regulation & Enforcement: US, State or Local Government (EPA, DEC, USFDA, USDA, Fish & Game, National Park Service, State Parks, Water Districts, etc.) B.A. or M.S. 
Policy: US or State Government Law Degree
Nonprofit Organizations
Lobbyist, Advocate Law or Paralegal Degree
Environmental, Health
Grassroots Organizer B.A.
Education/Public Awareness B.A.


Some Current "Hot" Areas of Biological Research:

  • cell biology (especially cell cycle biochemistry and cell signaling)
  • developmental genetics and morphogenesis
  • ecology and environmental science
  • immunology
  • molecular biology (human genome project, genetic engineering of plants and animals, fingerprint DNA, molecular systematics, etc.)
  • molecular evolution (molecular systematics)
  • neurobiology
  • plant molecular biology and development

A Few of the Many Possible Professions for a Biologist:

  • Arachnologist
  • Agronomist
  • Anatomist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Behavioral biologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biological Illustrator
  • Biology teacher
  • Biophysicist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Cell biologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Cytogeneticist
  • Dentist
  • Developmental biologist
  • Developmental geneticist
  • Ecologist
  • Embryologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Evolutionary biologist
  • Food technologist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Herpetologist
  • Histologist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Ichthyologist
  • Immunologist
  • Invertebrate zoologist
  • Limnologist
  • Mammalogist
  • Marine biologist
  • Mathematical biologist
  • Medical technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Molecular geneticist
  • Morphologist
  • Mycologist
  • Neuroanatomist
  • Neurobiologist
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Ornithologist
  • Paleobotanist
  • Paleontologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Photobiologist
  • Phycologist
  • Physician assistant
  • Physician
  • Physiologist
  • Population biologist
  • Protozoologist
  • Science Writer
  • Soil scientist
  • Systematist
  • Taxonomist
  • Tropical biologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoologist