What can you do with a Biology major? When asked this question, many people respond with "teach, become a doctor, work in a park." While these are fabulous career choices for Biology majors, there are many more options to consider. One of the websites listed below has identified 580 careers for Biology majors!
Some questions to get you started thinking about the many career possibilities with a major in Biology and where you fit in:
- Do I like working with people, animals, plants, and/or microbes?
- Do I want to be in a laboratory, outside (in a forest, field, stream, ocean, or wetland), in a classroom, or in an office?
- Do I prefer to work alone, in small groups, or with lots of people?
- Can I enter this career with a B.S. in Biology or do I need a more advanced degree?
- How much additional education or training am I willing to get?
- What talents do I have that can enhance my biology career? For example: writing, artistic skills, public speaking, enjoy computers or technology, business or networking savvy.
- Do I like details or am I more holistic in my approach to projects and tasks?
The Belmont Career Services http://www.belmont.edu/careerservices/index.html office is an excellent resource for students to explore their interests, talents, and job options.
The following websites are good starting points to explore career options with a Biology major.
Biological Sciences http://www.aibs.org/careers/
Careers Related to Specific Biological Areas:
Forensic Science http://www.aafs.org/resources
Genetic Counseling http://www.nsgc.org/Home/CareerCenter/tabid/268/Default.aspx
Human Genetics http://www.kumc.edu/gec/prof/career.html
Integrative and Comparative Biology http://www.sicb.org/careers/index.php3
Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology http://www.simhq.org/careers/career-information/
Marine Biology http://www.peterbrueggeman.com/ocean/career.html
Marine Biology http://hopkins.stanford.edu/careers.htm
Plant Pathology http://www.apsnet.org/careers/careersinplantpathology/Pages/default.aspx
Zoos and Aquariums http://www.aza.org/careers-zoos-aquariums/
Zoological Parks http://www.seaworld.org/career-resources/info-books/zoo-careers/index.htm
General Resources on Biology and Science Careers
580 Careers in Biology http://www.eeb.ucla.edu/ugrad_careers.php
Careers for Biology Majors http://facweb.furman.edu/~jsnyder/careers/careerlist.html
Guide to Outdoor/Environmental Jobs http://www.princeton.edu/%7eoa/jobs/careeroe.shtml
Information on Biology Jobs http://www.biologyjobs.com/
Environmental Careers Organization http://www.eco.org/
Occupational Outlook for Careers in the Biological Sciences http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos047.htm
Career Planning Resources in Biology http://www.careercornerstone.org/biology/biology.htm
Careers in Science and Technology http://php.aaas.org/programs/centers/careers/index.php