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What are some jobs I can pursue after majoring in biology?

I'm not too sure what jobs majoring in biology would open up. Is a biology major worth it? To biology majors: is it worth majoring in biology?

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Jamie’s Answer

There are thousands of routes you can take with a Biology degree! Some options are grouped below:
- Research assistant
- Further education on a specialized topic (Masters or PhD)
- Teaching (which may require further education) or Youth Program Instructor
- Public works: work for a city or county's water sector or environmental planning department
- Politics: work for an environmental nonprofit or in Environmental Policy
- Corporate: jobs at companies such as Biology Technician, Field Ecologist, Resource Specialist, etc.

Typically, students that graduate with a Biology degree will focus on a specialization, and this will help you to find your path forward. Just try to get some hands-on experience while in college (in the field or in the lab).
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William’s Answer

Hi Jacqueline,
As a biologist, you can work as:
Ecologist
Park Ranger
Taxonomist
Biochemist
Microbiologist
Biotechnologist
Biology Teacher
Biology Author
Forensic Biologist
Biology Researcher
Health Care Officer
Laboratory Technician
Quality Control Analyst
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Health Products Marketer / Promoter
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Karina’s Answer

Biology has such a wide range of field options. It can range from cosmetics, environment, pharmaceutical, medical, aquatic, teaching, food industry and more. I would recommend the medical laboratory route. It is such a rewarding field because you work with a lot of cool technology to discover any diseases or abnormal qualities from a patients sample. It helps the doctor accurately prescribe treatment to the patient.

Hope this helps,
Karina
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Ingrid’s Answer

I echo what others have said - there are tons of job opportunities with a Biology degree! Not only are there lots of jobs you can pursue within biology, it's a great STEM degree that gives you transferrable skills to many other jobs as well.

It can (in addition to many others), help teach you how to be:
1. An analytical thinker that is driven by data. Many jobs require data analysis and critical thinking. Biology is a great degree for that!
2. Hypothesis-driven. Employees like to see that you can solve problems, and as a biologist you learn you to craft hypotheses and test them to get to the right answer.
3. Both a large-scale and small-scale thinker. As a biology major you will more than likely learn about macro processes (e.g., ecology, population dynamics) and micro processes (e.g., genetics, molecular biology), which gives you the skills to see both a detailed and holistic view of a problem.

It's a great degree that is definitely worth it, even if you aren't interested in pursing a biology-related degree after college!
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Jane S.’s Answer

All kinds of jobs! Doing research at a bio teach company - doesn’t matter if it’s entry-level; see if you like the work and make a good impression, and it can lead you up the ladder. You can teach with a BA or BS degree (not on the university level). You can work for a health company. You can work for a pharmaceutical company. There are many opportunities!
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Ari’s Answer

I had a similar interest in this question as I studied biology but wasn't sure what I wanted to do after college. While there are many options for someone with a biology degree, I am currently a teacher. I think it's worth it to study biology if you enjoy learning the subject and are willing to take classes in physics, chemistry, and math as well. Many biology majors (myself included) struggle through these courses and only discover they made the right decision when they get to the upper-division biology courses which are smaller, grade easier, and are more interesting (but I am biased). Being a biology major is certainly not the path of least resistance, but for many it is the path of most fun!
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