Careers in biology other than being a physician?
Hi! I'm a junior in high school and I'm extremely passionate about biology and science in general. I've done a few research projects in various medical labs and think that health and medicine is a field I would like to pursue, but the idea of being a surgeon or physician of any kind does not interest me as much. I'm worried that if I major in biology, the only available path after graduating would be med school and I was wondering what other options were potentially out there?
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Priscilla Baird Kaufman
Biochemist or biophysicist: you can pursue biomedical research and develop new products, work in biotechnology, develop gene therapies or manage a research team..
Chemical engineer: Solve problems that involve the use of chemicals, drugs, food, fuel and other products.
Biology teacher in high school or university.
Environmental scientist: identify and identify threats to the environment, and develop plans to control problems such as land or air pollution.
Genetic counselor: provide disease risk assessment, and educate individuals and families about genetic testing and management.
As you can see, there are many fields to explore in biology. Think about your personality type when choosing a career. Would you prefer to work with people (extrovert), or with research and data (introvert)? Just reading about each job will let you know if it’s people-oriented or research-based.
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I agree with the options that were mentioned from previous answers. There are so many options for biology and it’s great that you were able to do lab projects in high school.
Med school is an option, but it’s definitely not the only option post-undergrad. There are even more options at the undergraduate level. I’ve known people who were interested in biology and did undergraduate majors in medical laboratory technology, dietetics, nursing, and respiratory therapy.
Other post-grad options include occupational therapy, physical therapy, dentistry, and veterinary. Also, you could do a business degree with a life sciences focus and become a consultant or a sales rep for a life science company.
* drug research using data which is more data engineering and data science
* scientist — we are still looking for life on Mars and other planets in the solar system
* health industry consulting — a business oriented career that focuses on how to solve problems for life sciences and health care companies