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What are the best career paths for someone interested in biology?

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Suzanne’s Answer

Ainsleigh, you're asking a smart question because it's always good to have some ideas of the possible ways your career path might go if you major in a subject, like biology. As you will discover, biology is a very broad field and there are lots of potential ways to go. For me, I majored in biology and then with my bachelor's degree got a job as a lab technician in a research lab in a medical school. (Note: if I had wanted to work in a medical lab with patient specimens I would have needed to be certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, ASCP. If you think this is what you're interested in, it makes sense to major in clinical lab sciences (older name is "medical technology"). I enjoyed the job but decided my heart was really in caring directly for patients and not in "bench research" which is what we were doing in that lab...meaning basic science research, several steps removed from patient care. I then went to medical school and enjoyed a career as a physician. Many biology majors do go on to careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, public health, epidemiology and other such careers building on their basic biology knowledge. Others go on to a masters or PhD in a branch of biology to do research.
Other biology careers can involve working with the environment, botany, teaching, wildlife, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Suzanne recommends the following next steps:

Here's an article on what careers are possible with a degree in biology: https://www.nu.edu/resources/what-can-you-do-with-bachelors-in-biology/
Try to take classes or meet people who work in the various branches of biology to see what you like best (zoology, botany, human biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, wildlife biology, ecology, etc.)
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Ken’s Answer

Over the years I have worked with several people that had biology degrees. All of them had a specific path in mind when they decided to get their biology degree only to find out that the opportunities in their area of interest were very limited. All of these folks ended up working in the environmental health field which led them into working in occupational health through industrial hygiene activities. Their knowledge of biology helped them establish themselves in the industrial hygiene field without an degree in IH.
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Kevin’s Answer

Look into applying biology to green energy, producing food, and cleaning the atmosphere of CO2.
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