Biological Sciences

The list below contains a sample of some of the common career paths chosen by biological sciences majors. The skills you develop as an undergraduate (i.e., communication, analytical/problem solving, teamwork) may be used in many different occupations. However, most biological sciences majors tend to seek work in the science/health fields.

COMMON CAREER PATHS

Health Fields
Physician
Pharmacist
Optometrist
Nurse
Dentist
Nutritionist
Epidemiologist
Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Cardiorespiratory Therapist
Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner
Chiropractor
Veterinarian
Medical Technologist
Public Health Specialist

Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical
Research Scientist
Clinical Trials Director
Marketing/Sales

Marine Biology

Ocean Researcher
Marine Mammologist
Fish Hatchery Worker
Aquarium Specialist

Environmental
Environmental Policy Planner
Hazardous Waste Specialist
Impact Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Hydrologist
Ecologist

Government
Specialists in city planning, research, science
policy, working at:

US Geological Survey
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Energy
Agriculture
Fish & Wildlife

Teaching
High School Teacher
Community College Teacher
Professor

Wildlife/Wilderness
Forester
Zoo Keeper
Field Researcher
Fish and Game Warden
Park Naturalist

Plant Science
Horticulturalist
Agriculture Scientist
Botanist
Plant Pathologist

Technical Writer

Science Illustrator

Forensic Scientist

SAMPLE EMPLOYERS:

Federal Government Biotechnology Companies
Department of Agriculture Pharmaceutical Companies
Fish and Wildlife Service 
Hospitals and Medical Centers
Bureau of Land Management 
Food and Chemical Companies
Forensic Scientist
Nonprofit organizations

Forest Service 
Zoos, Aquariums, Botanical Gardens
Geological Survey 
K-12 Schools, Colleges, Universities
Environmental Protection Agency 
Nonprofit organizations
National Institute of Health 
Fish Hatcheries

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Institute of Biological Sciences 
Environmental Careers 
American Medical Association 
USGS 
American Aquarium and Zoo Association

JOB WEB SITES (see Career Center for more extensive list)

Biospace
ECA, Energy Coordinating Agency: jobs, internships
Environmental Career Center: job listing
Health Careers.org Health Careers, Degrees, Schools and Job Search 
Student Conservation Association
Jobs in Marine Science 
Marine Careers 
Fish and Wildlife 
Forest Service 
USGS 
Zeno’s Forensic Page 

Temporary Agencies
Biosource 
Kelly Scientific 
Lab Support

JOB PREPARATION STRATEGIES

  • Obtain lab and field experience via coursework and internships
  • Develop strong computer skills
  • Take courses in specific areas
  • Develop strong oral and written communication skills