Discover a few examples of careers you might have upon earning your Biology degree!

What can I do with a Biology Degree?

By: USFSM

Posted: February 13, 2017

What can I do with a Biology Degree?

If you are a high school or undergraduate college student with an interest in science, living organisms and the environment, biology could be the right degree program for you!

Biology, or the science of life, is an important field that can lead to a variety of careers. Students who earn a bachelor’s in Biology learn how to use scientific equipment and the scientific method to complete experiments. They also gain important mathematical, communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills – all of which are necessary for jobs in the real world.

But have you ever wondered what careers you might have if you earned a Biology degree? Take a look at just a few examples below to see which one may be the perfect fit for you.

Biological Technician

Do you love lab work and conducting experiments? Consider a career as a biological technician!

A biological technician is someone who assists scientists with conducting lab tests and experiments. They mostly work full-time jobs and typically work in laboratories, and the median annual salary for someone in this line of work was a little over $41,000 in 2015.

There are a variety of places that typically have biological technician positions available, from medical schools and government agencies to non-profit research centers and pharmaceutical organizations. If you decide to go on to graduate school, this would be a great starter job while you continue your schoolwork – or a great option even if you don’t!

Nutritionist

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? A career as a nutritionist can be rewarding for someone with a biology degree.

In this role, you could help people by teaching them how to make better dietary choices and avoid dangerous health problems down the road, such as heart disease and obesity.

Medical Sales Representative

With a background in biology you can find a job as a sales representative in the fields of biomedical research. Since biology majors graduate with laboratory and scientific research skills, they often have the right mix of experience necessary to develop new medical products for medical and pharmaceutical corporations.

This job is also great for those who have a knack for creating presentations and writing proposals – both of which can help when discussing proposals and presenting findings to other colleagues and organizations.

Teacher

If you add a teaching certificate to your biology degree, you could land a job teaching biology to high school students! This role can be rewarding, since you’ll have the chance to educate future generations about the importance of biology and the fundamentals of scientific experiments.

Environmental Scientist/Specialist

Use your knowledge of the natural world to protect the environment and support human health through a career as an environmental scientist or specialist. Many people with a job like this can assist in addressing problems such as pollution, public health and waste.

One of the best parts? The median annual wage was around $67,000 in 2015 and the US Department of Labor predicts that this field will grow 11 percent between 2014 and 2024 – faster than the average for all occupations!

Marine Biologist

Do you love oceanography? Are you passionate about marine life and the marine ecosystem? Marine biology is a great field of work for those who can’t get enough knowledge about underwater wildlife and environments.

Many marine biologist positions require a master’s and/or PhD in Marine Science, but you can start by earning a Biology undergraduate degree and gain experience in marine science through internships.

One of the best perks about attending USF Sarasota-Manatee is taking advantage of the partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Not only are biology courses offered at Mote Marine, but many USFSM students have earned paid internship positions with professional scientists at the organization.

Attorney

This one might surprise you, but it is helpful to have lawyers with backgrounds in science and biology assist in cases that involve the environment, public health and more. It’s also vital to have an understanding of technology, drugs and medical instruments for lawyers who specialize in patents and intellectual property.

You’ll be required to attend law school in order to be an attorney, but you will likely have an advantage over other lawyers if you have a scientific background and want to specialize in science, environmental or public health law.

Study Biology at USFSM!

If these careers interest you, consider USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Biology program. Not only is it one of the newest programs at USFSM, it also gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on at the Teaching Labs at Mote Marine Laboratory!

Request more information online, or contact our admissions team at 941-359-4331 to learn how you can earn a degree in Biology from USFSM.

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