Careers in human biology

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If you want to pursue a career in human biology, a variety of options await you. Human biology career paths include medicine, dentistry, research and development, pharmacy, psychology, scientist, education and other health care professionals. Some of these require an advanced degree and at least one year of working experience and some require at least a bachelor's degree in biology.

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Anthropologists

Biophysical anthropologists collect research data on how the human body has evolved. They search for prehistoric evidence of the way humans lived and create an analysis of how that relates to the current culture. Physical anthropologists inspect the remains of the human body extracted by archaeologists. The results determine human demographics and how nutrition and disease affected those who lived in that era.

Environmental Scientist

An environmental scientist collects and analyses data for environmental issues related to pollution and soil. This data is presented to public and private organisations. They use the information collected to help prevent hazards that affect people and wildlife. This career requires the knowledge of human biology and critical thinking.

Biological Science Teachers

Biological science teachers plan and deliver training to graduate and undergraduate students. They keep track of industry developments and plan coursework as well as curriculum. A master's or doctorate is needed to teach biology at the college level. The minimum accepted education to teach high school biology is a bachelor's degree.

Clinical Psychologist

A clinical psychologist assists patients who are mentally and emotionally challenged. Most of their work is done in hospitals, clinics or private practice. Some work in partnership with doctors to give the patient the correct diagnosis and care. Some will work in medical schools to train other prospective psychologists. To work in private practice or a clinical position, a clinical psychologist will need a doctoral degree.

Physician

A physician requires extensive education, including completion of a medical degree after earning an undergraduate degree. A physician diagnoses health problems of the patient and prescribes the most appropriate treatment. A physician usually works in a hospital, clinic or private practice. They can work in various different specialities such as internal medicine, gynaecology, general medicine, paediatrics and surgery. After graduating from a four-year institution and up to four years of medical school, an internship and residency program is the next step.

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