Your degree in Biology

Skills you'll develop

While studying Biology, you’re looking at life around you as a scientist. You can appreciate life’s amazing diversity, adaptability, and beauty, and embrace science as a way to learn about life. You’ll develop important skills and understand more about specialized topics such as botany and zoology.

These skills may include:

  • Interdisciplinary application of biological theories, practices and ethics
  • Experiment and project design, organization, and implementation
  • Critical analysis and synthesis of scientific research and literature
  • Field work techniques, such as plot study surveys and population estimates
  • Laboratory proficiency including usage of scientific equipment and knowledge of safety protocols
  • Data collection and maintenance of accurate records
  • Statistics and quantitative reasoning
  • Development and evaluation of models, such as estimating the flow of pollutants through an ecosystem, or predicting growth or decline of populations

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including research, consulting, environmental issues, agriculture, education, park services, pharmaceutical development, medicine, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Agrologist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Arborist
  • Biostatistician
  • Botanical technician
  • Botanist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical research associate
  • Cytogenetics technologist
  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental biologist
  • Forensic laboratory technologist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Health care manager
  • Health care researcher/planner
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Medical doctor
  • Medical editor
  • Medical journalist
  • Medical librarian
  • Mycologist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Ornithologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Plant scientist
  • Scientific writer
  • Soil scientist
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Taxonomist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian assistant
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoological technician
  • Zoologist

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

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    More information

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