• A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Biology?

A biologist can work in a enormous variety of areas, from environmental science and policy to law to education to medicine to publishing. Many careers require additional education or training (graduate school or professional school), but there are many opportunities for well-educated biologists with a bachelor's degree. We have developed a list of career possibilities to give you an idea of the range of potential career areas, but remember, this is only a few of the many possibilities! For help planning a career, we also have a list of links to biology career resources on the Internet.

Where to Start?
Your biology department maintains a file of current job listings in the biology/chemistry office, 347 Johnstone Science Center. Your professors collect announcements about a wide variety of jobs, internships, graduate programs, etc. in all areas of biology. Ask your professors for specific suggestions.

The Office of Career Services, located in Golisano Hall, can provide advice and resources for all stages of career development, from internships to job opportunities to graduate schools.

Who Hires Biologist?
Federal Agencies: Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Department of Agriculture, Army Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey, etc.

State Agencies: names will vary from state to state, but most states have agencies in charge of environmental regulation, forests and wildlife, parks, etc. For example, in New York: Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Local Government: city/county planning department, insect control, municipal water districts, etc.

Non-Governmental Agencies: Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Funds, regional NGOs,

Private Companies: Environmental consulting firms, timber companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical-services laboratories, biotechnology companies, and zoos.