10 Jobs for Biology Majors

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What can you do with a Biology degree?

Biology majors study life, individual organisms, their communities, and the systems, cells, and processes that make up living matter. This education and set of skills can help prepare you for a variety of different careers.

Here is a list of 10 jobs you might consider if you are majoring in Biology:

Job Title Projected Job Growth Median Weekly Salary  Median Annual Salary
Natural Sciences Managers 4.94% $2,652.00 $137,904
Biologists 4.68% $1,581.65 $82,246
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 4.68% $1,581.65 $82,246
Agricultural Technicians 3.74% $785.15 $40,828
Food Science Technicians 4.27% $885.06 $46,023
Biological Technicians 5.42% $926.00 $48,152
Forensic Science Technicians 6.43% $1,189.87 $61,873
Microbiologists 4.64% $1,520.38 $79,060
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 4.79% $1,520.42 $79,062
Biochemists and Biophysicists 6.91% $1,958.48 $101,841

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.

Molecular and Cellular Biologists
Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

Agricultural Technicians
Work with agricultural scientists in plant, fiber, and animal research, or assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.

Food Science Technicians
Work with food scientists or technologists to perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products. Includes technicians who assist in research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

Biological Technicians
Assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

Forensic Science Technicians
Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Biochemists and Biophysicists
Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.

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A career cluster is a group of jobs with similar features that often require similar knowledge or skills. Biology jobs often fall under the Health Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career clusters. Explore more to learn about what skills and interests align to these career clusters.  

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