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)
Hometown: Monroe, New York
“I am a yoga instructor and massage therapist who chose Hartwick because I wanted to become a psychiatrist specializing in physical and eastern medicine. I switched to Biology/pre-med after speaking with an alumnus who is a practicing Physical Therapist sharing similar values and interests as myself. My psychology professor reminded me that those with physical limitations or injuries are likely to carry psychological limitations as well and improving the quality of life translates seamlessly from mind, body, to spirit. I used exercise, hot yoga, a healthy diet (no sugar!), and a support system of a few people to help breed a new and improved me which included returning to school later in life. My journey over the past 27 years has required a complete change in lifestyle and has not been a quick fix.”
Professor of Biology & Medical Technology Coordinator
“The medical technology major consists of three years of academic work at Hartwick, followed by a l2-month clinical internship at Rochester General Hospital where students are exposed to a wide range of clinical experiences resulting in a truly exceptional education. One of the most amazing things about the major is the quantity and kind of employment opportunities available. There are not enough medical technologists being trained to fill all the available openings, so Hartwick’s majors typically have job offers before they graduate.”