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Biology Career Opportunities

  • "What can I do with a degree in Biology?"

    Biology is a diverse field of study, with a wide range of career opportunities.  Below is a sampling of career options that our students have pursued.

  • Research: Basic and Applied

    Major Areas of Biological Research

    • Anatomy
    • Animal Behavior
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biological Engineering
    • Biophysics
    • Cell Biology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecology
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Genetics
    • Genomics & Proteomics
    • Immunology
    • Marine Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular Biology
    • Neuroscience
    • Physiology
    • Plant Biology
    • Systematics & Taxonomy
    • Virology
    • Zoology

    Who Hires Biologists?

    • Colleges and Universities
    • Private Research Institutions and Foundations
    • Federal and State Government
      • National Institutes of Health
      • National Science Foundation
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      • Food and Drug Administration
      • Environmental Protection Agency
      • Department of Agriculture
      • Armed Services
    • Healthcare, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries
    • Clinics and Hospitals
    • Zoos and Aquaria

    Qualifications

    • Students with a B.S. in Biology are qualified to work as laboratory technicians, assistants, or technologists.  These jobs can pay well and offer excellent stability, particularly in industry.
    • A Master's degree will allow more oversight and control, greater competitiveness for positions, and an increased range of career options
    • A Ph.D. as well as post-doctoral training is typically required for high-level research positions in industry or academics.

    Some of the Graduates Schools Our Alumni Have Attended

    • Case Western Reserve University
    • Drexel University
    • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • George Mason University
    • Georgetown University
    • Mississippi State University
    • Nicholls State University
    • Penn State University
    • Shippensburg University
    • University of California, Davis
    • University of Missouri-St. Louis
    • West Virginia University

    Healthcare

    Professional Schools that our students have attended in recent years.

    Medicine

    • The Commonwealth Medical College
    • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Griffith University School of Medicine, Australia
    • Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey
    • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Temple University
    • University of Queensland School of Medicine, Australia
    • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Dentistry

    • University of Pittsburgh

    Optometry

    •  Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

    Pharmacy

    •  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Mylan School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University
    • School of Pharmacy, University of Charleston

    Podiatry

    • Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

    Veterinary Medicine

    • Ohio State University
    • Iowa State University

    Medical Laboratory Science

    • Conemaugh School of Medical Technology
    • UPMC Altoona School of Medical Technology/Medial Laboratory Science
    Education

    Teachers and Professors

    • Secondary Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Post-secondary Education

    Naturalist Educators

    • Zoos, Aquaria, Museums, Aviaries
      • National Aviary, Pittsburgh
      • Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
    • Theme parks and resorts
    • Non-classroom education: camps, education voyages, and ecotourism.

    SCUBA Instruction

    Wildlife and Environmental Management
    • Environmental assessment and monitoring
    • Fisheries management
    • Forestry
    • Wildlife management
    • Environmental Scientist

    Who Are the Employers?

    • Federal agencies: Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control
    • State agencies: Fish and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Protection
    • Conservancies
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Engineering firms
    • Private contracting firms

    Animal Care and Training
    • Zookeeper
    • Aquarist
    • Wildlife rehabilitation and care
    • Animal Trainer (zoos, aquaria, theme parks, military, private practice)

    Law, Business, and Writing

    Law & Legislation

    • Environmental Law
    • Patent Law
    • Science Policy Advising

    Business

    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Pharmaceutical Sales
    • Technical instrument sales

    Science Writing

    Science Journalism