A major in biology prepares students for a broad range of future career paths.
These include jobs in applied research and technical work, graduate training in biology, and professional study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, and other pre-allied health fields.
Typically, graduates pursue careers as:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 8,400 job openings in the next decade. Additionally, employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. (U.S. BLS)
Double Major: Biology and English
Ph.D. Student, Washington University in St. Louis
Contributing Editor of the WUSTL ProSPER Blog, Guest Author on the ASM Blog
“My professional interests—microbiology, antibiotic resistance, and science writing—were all cultivated under the mentorship of Professor Mary Allen of the Biology Department. She taught my first microbiology class, introduced me to science writing, guided me through my senior thesis, and, after graduation, helped me decide which Ph.D. programs to apply to. I’m currently working on two fairly different research projects. The first is studying a class of enzymes which break down the antibiotic tetracycline, called the “tetracycline destructases.” The second is studying the impact of international travel on the human gut microbiome and subsequent development of travelers’ diarrhea (TD). This Fall, I’m going to continue that research, as well as TA a writing-intensive Biology course, and then take my program’s Qualifying Exam to become a full-fledged Ph.D. Candidate.”
Ph.D. Student, Marquette University
A 2018 recipient of the Society for the Study of Evolution Graduate Research Excellence Grant – R.C. Lewontin Early Award, Aaron Griffing ’14 is working on his Ph.D. in lizard evolution and development at Marquette University. His Ph.D. dissertation is focusing on convergent morphological evolution of southeast Asian gliding geckos as well as the biology of lizard tail regeneration.