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.”
Assistant Professor of Biology
“I’m an alumna who returned to Hartwick to teach in the Biology Department in 2017. I really loved being a student at Hartwick. I liked the campus, the professors, and the student activities and clubs. Now I feel fortunate that I can give today’s students the same research and learning opportunities that I received. I study environmental microbiology with a focus on extreme environments. My students are working to grow and characterize microbes from the hot springs, fresh water lakes, and the deep ocean.”