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Most students entering college believe that the only reason to major in biology is to go to medical or veterinary school. Nothing could be further from the truth! Biology presents an incredible diversity of career paths, from air pollution analyst to biotechnology to zoology.

Following are lists of career and employment options for a person with a biology degree. The lists are not all encompassing, but rather give a general idea of the possible job titles and private and government employers.  

Explore biology careers further through the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

 

Job Titles

  • Air-pollution analyst
  • Anatomist
  • Animal ecologist
  • Animal scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biological photographer
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Botanist
  • Chiropractor
  • Criminologist
  • Curator
  • Curator/medical museum
  • Curator/zoological museum
  • Cytologist
  • Cytotechnologists
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Dietitian/research
  • Editor/scientific and technical publications
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental analyst
  • Environmental scientist
  • Food-and-drugs inspector
  • Forensic pathologist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Histopathologist
  • Hospital administrator
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Information scientist
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Marine biologist
  • Medical illustrator
  • Medical librarian
  • Medical technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Museum technician
  • Mycologist
  • Nematologist
  • Nuclear medical technologist
  • Occupational health and safety inspector
  • Oceanographer
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Parasitologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmaceutical detailer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Plant pathologist
  • Plant physiologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public health educator
  • Safety inspector
  • Safety manager
  • Sales representative/chemicals and drugs
  • Sanitarian
  • Social worker
  • Soil scientist
  • Taxidermist
  • Teacher/college
  • Teacher/high school
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian/laboratory animal care
  • Writer/scientific, technical
  • Zoologist

Private Sector Employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Aquariums
  • Arboretums
  • Beverage companies
  • Botanical gardens
  • Chemical industries
  • Colleges and schools
  • Consulting firms
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Educational institutions
  • Fish hatcheries
  • Food processors
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Lumber companies
  • Medical clinics
  • Medical laboratories
  • Medical supply companies
  • Museums
  • Nurseries
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Professional and technical journals
  • Publishers
  • Research and development firms
  • Textile manufacturers
  • Zoological parks

Government Agencies (national, state and local)

  • Agriculture Department
  • Energy Department
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Health & Human Services Department
  • National and State Parks
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Patent Office
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Vista
 
 
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