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What careers could I go into with a biology major?

Asked Greenwood, Indiana

I'm majoring in biology and want to go into some animal research field... got any ideas? #science #biology #animals

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Vernon’s Answer

Updated Kingsland, Texas

First, you must decide if you want to use your degree, or degrees in biology, to drive your career path. If yes, I suggest you look toward advanced degrees, otherwise you'll be stuck in some lab doing low-level tasks forever. Why? Because there just aren't that many great jobs - yet.

Next: Plan on going to Europe or Australia/New Zealand. Learn another language like Spanish, German or French. This will help you get into good jobs in those countries. With the current election results, you can expect biological research funds to dry up quickly. Same with college loans.
Next: If you have the money and the desire, use your biology interests to go to medical school. Meanwhile, I'd take plenty of physics and chemistry along the way, and maybe some engineering too. Why? Because the fields in renewable energy and prosthetics from war injuries will grow tremendously.

I worked as an industrial engineer before teaching all sciences in public schools. I also taught anatomy/physiology in college and medical school. In today's political climate, remaining at the low end of the education spectrum greatly hurts your chances of living a decent life through your own labor. I wish I could be more positive, but the realities are what they are in the United States. Canada and the European countries are advancing much faster than we are in renewable energy and their research into climate change and saving the biology of the planet. The United States is now committed to extracting every atom of carbon from the Earth before going full-tilt into renewable energy.

Good luck.


Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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