Utilizing Your Biology Degree

There are three options for newly graduated students with B. S. degrees in Biology.  Students may immediately begin a career in the private or government sectors, enroll in a professional school, or enroll in a graduate school. The links below will take you to the most current employment outlook and statistics for many careers.

Begin a Career

Students who seek employment after graduation and do not immediately plan to enter professional or graduate schools may begin a career in occupations similar to those listed below.

Agricultural Scientist

Biological or Laboratory Technician

Conservation Specialist

Environmental Science Technician

Secondary Biology Teacher

Zoology or Wildlife Specialist


Attend Health Related Professional Schools

Students who seek a career in a health-related field should continue their education in the appropriate professional school.  The links below show the employment outlook for selected health professions.  In addition, the links with abbreviations will take you to professional organizations.

Chiropractor  ACA

Dentist  ADA

Optometrist  AOA

Orthotist and Prosthetist  AOPA

Physician Assistant  AAPA

Physician or Surgeon  AMA

Podiatrist  ACFAS

Veterinarian  AVMA

Attend Graduate School

Students who seek to manage private industry or government research labs, discover new drugs, do science research, and/or teach in colleges and universities should continue their education in a graduate school.  The following are some of the careers that require graduate degrees.

Note: Many of the following professions do not require a graduate degree for entry-level positions.

Aquatic Biologist

Biochemist and Biophysicist


College/University Teacher/Professor (usually requires a doctorate)

Environmental Scientist


Medical Scientist

Natural Resources Scientist

Research Scientist in Private Industry

Senior Ecologist