What jobs can I get with a biology degree?

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What jobs can I get with a biology degree?
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For students considering studying biology, or recent college graduates, knowing what exactly you can do with a biology degree is important. If you’ve yet to receive your degree, having this knowledge beforehand can help you tailor your education to best suit the biology career path you’d like to take. If you’ve already received your degree, having these options laid out for you can show you the types of jobs you are qualified to apply for.


It may seem unlikely, but it is possible to become a scientific artist with a degree in biology. Textbooks, scientific magazines and other publications often times need sketches of biological material. An artist that is very familiar with biology is needed in order to make the illustrations as accurate as possible.

Forensic Science

Forensic science has several different career fields that someone with a biology degree can pursue. As a forensic pathologist, you would be expected to perform autopsies on bodies to determine cause and manner of death. A criminalist helps police officers with cases by analysing evidence, while wildlife criminalists monitor poaching activity in an area. There is also the option of forensic anthropology, which entails body identification. This includes bodies found by archaeological means or victims of disasters. Some of these forensic career choices might require further education, but the biology degree is a starting point.

Health Care

Knowing biology is vital to being in the health care field. You can choose from a number of different career paths with a biology degree as your starting point. Nursing is an ever-expanding field for biology majors. You can also look into the pharmaceutical field as well. Work as a researcher to discover cures for ailments such as cancer, AIDS and diabetes. If you prefer working with animals, use your biology background to gain a career in veterinary medicine.


Many people think of meteorology as a career path that only leads to predicting the weather, but there are several other facets of meteorology. Becoming an air force meteorologist means that your weather predictions will help the air force decide on flight operations as well as how to move troops. There are also meteorologists hired especially for highway departments, commercial airlines, utility companies and ocean shipping firms.


Having a biology degree can get you into the field of teaching. You can opt to teach elementary school sciences or become a high school biology teacher. With the right credentials, you can teach at a college as well, or become a specialised lecturer, student mentor or tutor people. You may also find yourself directing research programs for students. Some teaching fields require a master's degree, so check your state guidelines.


This career field is especially good for those that enjoy the biology of animals. You can work at a zoo taking care of the animals or get a job working on endangered species recovery as a zoo biologist. Work as an ichthyologist and study fish, or become a marine biologist to learn more about mammals in the ocean.

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