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Career With a Biology Degree


Just had a talk with a friend the other day about him going to med school, and I don't want to do that and my grades aren't high enough anyway.

What other career options are available to those with a Biology degree? I hope to God I don't end up as a teacher...


Jobs available in medical sciences, law, research, business management and marketing, especially in scientifically technical companies, or work in bioinformatics (when combined with course work in informatics), health professions, teaching, and business, such as: pharmaceutical sales representative, environmental protection specialist, data analyst, conservationist, pest control consultant, medical illustrator, water quality inspector, ecologist, science magazine editor, food technician, biological researcher, plant propagator, water engineer, cooperative extension agent, ethnologist, industrial hygienist, tree surgeon, park naturalist, laboratory immunologist, waste disposal engineer, marine life technician, economic botanist, food and drug inspector, biostatician, mycologist, biological photographer, horticulturist, fisheries biologist, cell biologist, soil scientist, forestry technician, greenhouse manager, U.S. forest ranger, environmental planner, aquatic biologist, watershed manager, fish culturist, animal nutritionist, forensic service technician, environmental impact analyst. Courtesy of Indiana U.


I would answer that question, but then you might seriously consider killing yourself and ending the pain now.

Any job requiring a 4 year degree, even though it isn't directly related to your major, lab work, environmental work, teaching, grocery bagger, used car salesman, truck driver, etc., etc.

Me, I do Federal Superfund Site Assessment work. It's a cool job, but I'll never get rich doing it.


I went to law school and became a patent attorney. Lucrative and in demand these days.


Hey,i graduated with a degree in bio nearly 3 years ago, it was pretty tough, for me at least, to get a good job right out of school. I spent two years snowboarding and working on ski hills, the only other occupoation that i felt qualified for, before i found a good position working at a University as a research technician, although i should mention that i was not willing to relocate outside of my province and this will definatley impede your success.

So i finally got this 'dream job doing science' but after six months i was extremely bored, in a lab job you can usually expect long hours, low pay, complete frustration and an anal supervisor, a big problem with recent science grads is that they have very little practical experience, not much is actually offered outside of courses with lab components, which definately do not prepare you for life working in a lab, my advice would be that if you really want to improve your chances of getting a job doing reserch after you graduate you should do practicum or and independent reseach course with one of your professors, but working in a lab sucks unless your running it so you might as well go for a Ph.D or like most people that cant hack it in science go to business school


The Environmental field is open for many science degrees. The pay isn't the greatest, but it's interesting.

You'll get a good mix of field and office time (more field at first).

Most people in the field are either engineering, geology, and/or environmental science degrees. Long story short, you can learn a lot about many different areas.

A good friend of mine has a biology degree. He worked with me in consulting for a while and now he's a client, working for an oil major.