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Career Opportunities with a Major in Biology

Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. They research problems dealing with life processes. They may specialize in research that centers around a particular plant or animal or they may teach. Those obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. A solid background in chemistry and good computer and communication skills also are helpful in finding employment. Among the major branches of biology are human anatomy and physiology; botany (study of plants); microbiology (study of microscopic organisms); zoology (study of animals); and ecology (study of the relationship between organisms and the environment).



  • Ability to analyze and record data

  • Ability to make critical observations and appropriate decisions

  • Ability to operate scientific equipment

  • Ability to organize and maintain accurate records

  • Good vision and manual dexterity

  • A thorough knowledge of basic biological theories and practices

  • Ability to do very exacting work accurately

The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a biology major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which biology majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.


Animal Scientist Aquatic Biologist Biomedical Engineer
Biochemist Biologist Botanist
Dietician Environmental Health Specialist Fish Hatchery Technician
Food Technologist Forester Geneticist
Horticulturist Medical Illustrator Medical Lab Technician
Medical Librarian Microbiologist Paramedic
Pathologist Physician Public Health Director
Science Laboratory Technician Scientific Report Writer Soil Conservationist
Teacher Veterinarian Wildlife Biologist
Zoologist Forensic science technicians  



  • Aquariums

  • Arboretums

  • Business/Industry

  • Chemical Industries

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Cosmetic Companies

  • Government Agencies

  • Hospitals

  • Medical Supply Companies

  • Mining Companies

  • National and State Parks

  • Nurseries

  • Petroleum Manufacturers

  • Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Research Firms

  • Technical Journals

  • Technical/Medical Libraries

  • Utility Companies

  • Zoos



MSU Denver Biology Department Website



The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.