Career Opportunities

For many biology majors, undergraduate studies are preliminary to the pursuit of an advanced degree that will lead to a career as a medical doctor, veterinarian, academic, or scientist. A graduate degree is not, however, required to pursue a career related to biology. A bachelor’s degree in biology can lead to employment in the large and growing biotechnology, health care, or pharmaceutical industries. Many openings in these dynamic, high-tech fields require a degree in the life sciences. Biology majors are likewise well prepared for careers as secondary-school science teachers. Certain government agencies, including the National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, also regularly hire biology graduates, as do private environmental and conservation organizations. Employers of all types recognize that a person with a science degree is likely to be comfortable with logical, quantitative thinking.