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Options for Biology Major

Hi! I am a biology student, I do not want to pursue graduate work. What kinds of jobs and salaries can I expect. What are my options to stay in a biology-related field?

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Emily’s Answer

If you are interested in biology research with a Bachelor’s degree you are qualified for technician positions. Job duties can focus on laboratory, field, data analyses, or a combination.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Brian, this is coming from a financial background, so it depends on your interest in finance. There are areas in financial services that have interest in non-traditional, specialized degrees . Roles in finance like equity research, investment banking, and specialist equity sales require technical finance schools and specialized industry knowledge like biology in certain sectors. There are teams and firms that are digging into HC companies, biotech companies, ESG, etc. that might find a specialized background interesting if you also take the time to learn some finance or take some finance classes for a minor. All depends on your interest!
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Kent’s Answer

A career in Pharmaceuticals - sales, lab research, etc.
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Jerel’s Answer

Hi Brian,

I would first say think about the type of work you see yourself doing. Is it teaching, working in a laboratory, working in a traditional office setting, etc? This can help you research and discover what kind of work appeals to you and job opportunities you can expect. Looking back on my own journey, I received my undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, and immediately began a career as a research scientist. I eventually transitioned from my role in the laboratory and obtained a position as a project manager within the public health sector. During my time as a project manager, I acquired transferable skills that have served me well in my current position as a management consultant at a Big 4 firm. As a management consultant, I am exposed to and gain experience in various industries (healthcare, technology, media, telecommunications, financial services, just to name a few). Feel free to check out job posting on career sites such as Indeed.com, to get a better understanding of the type of roles you can expect to find with a biology degree. I hope this helps.
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