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Employment for biologists is expected to grow much faster than the average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade. Employment of biologists is projected to increase by 21% partly due to the growth in the biotechnology industry. (2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).
What kind of work can you do with a degree in biology?
- Basic and Applied Research and Development
- Environmental Management and Conservation
- Health Care
- Organism Biology (Botany, Zoology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology, Entomology)
- Quality Control and Testing
- Technical and Pharmaceutical Sales
- Technical Writing
Education - Where will your degree take you?
Bachelor Degree (BA/BS)
Masters Degree (MS)
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Entry level research technicians and assistants in product development and inspection, secondary school science teachers, preparation for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary or analytical testing, technical sales
Positions in industry, government, and non-profits related to applied research and development and teachers at high school and community colleges
Positions in basic and independent research in universities and government, university faculty, and advancement to managerial positions
Where do Biology majors find jobs?
Many biology graduates pursue careers that make direct use of their biology training. Other biology graduates pursue careers that make use of their analytical and technical skills. A degree in biology can also provide an educational foundation for admissions to professional schools or to advanced degrees in fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law, business, engineering, etc.
- Colleges and Universities
- Education and Scientific Software Companies
- Government Agencies and Laboratories (including Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute of Health)
- High Schools
- Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities
- Industry and Laboratories (including, agricultural, animal pharmaceuticals, environmental, food processing and safety, health care, pharmaceutical, and textiles)
- Law Firms
- Private Research Institutions
- Publishing Companies (including scientific journals, magazines, textbooks)
- State and Local Public Health Departments
- Veterinary Hospitals
- Zoos, aquariums, wildlife preserves, botanical gardens, museums, fish hatcheries
What is the average annual salary for biology graduates?
Salaries earned by biologists are dependent on degree level and whether they are employed by industry, government, or academia. According to the most data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, average salaries for biologists were $70,000.