What Can I Do With a Major In Biology?
UGA Specific Information for Biology
Biology encompasses the study of all living organisms, including microbes, plants, and animals. The study of biology includes various aspects of life, including basic organization (molecular, cellular, tissues, organs), how organisms function, their roles in the natural environment, how hereditary information is transferred, and development of biotechnology. Biology graduates are broadly trained and well prepared for admission into strong graduate programs in the biological sciences and professional schools (medical, dental, and veterinary). They may also directly assume positions in government, education, industry, or certain technical fields
Class of 2020 Career Outcomes for Biology*
** Includes Self-Employed
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POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS IN BIOLOGY
Taken from American Institute for Biological Sciences
Research: Research biologists study the natural world, using the latest scientific tools and techniques in both laboratory settings and the natural environment, to understand how living systems work. Many work in exotic locations around the world, and what they discover increases our understanding of biology and may be put to practical use to find solutions to specific problems. Learn more about how biological research helps to inform societal issues on the AIBS Website actionbioscience.org. Learn more about the wide variety of research interests by visiting the websites of AIBS Member Societies and Organizations.
Health care: Biologists may develop public health campaigns to defeat illnesses such as tuberculosis, AIDS, cancer, and heart disease. Others work to prevent the spread of rare, deadly diseases, such as the now infamous Ebola virus. Veterinarians tend to sick and injured animals, and doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals maintain the general health and well being of their patients. Many of these careers require additional education and training past undergraduate college, but these positions are usually in high demand both in the US and abroad. Additionally, biologists in the health care field can choose to work for organizations like the Peace Corps and Doctors Without Borders, which help bring much-needed health care services to less developed and/or war-impacted regions.
Environmental management and conservation: Biologists in management and conservation careers are interested in solving environmental problems and conserving the natural world for future generations. Park rangers protect state and national parks, help preserve their natural resources, and educate the general public. Zoo and aquarium biologists carry out endangered species recovery programs and serve as a vital education conduit to the general public. In addition, management and conservation biologists often work with members of a community such as landowners and special interest groups to develop and implement management plans. Other potential employment opportunities may exist with state/federal natural resource agencies, not-for-profit conservation organizations, private ecological consulting firms, or wildlife rehabilitation centers.
Education: Life science educators enjoy working with people and encouraging them to learn new things, whether in a classroom, a research lab, the field, or a museum. You can gain insight into what biology education professionals are working toward and achieving by visiting the AIBS Education Programs Office, where you will find updates on institutional reform efforts, information on new and exciting ways of teaching biological concepts, and novel resources for biology classroom education. You can also learn about how biology professionals are connecting with each other to advance the public understanding of science by visiting the COPUS website.
Colleges and universities: Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs. Many biology faculty at colleges and universities engage in their own research and serve as reviewers or editors for scientific journal publications, members of working groups and advisory boards, and as part of research collaborations with scientists from other institutions.
Primary and secondary schools: Teaching younger students requires a general knowledge of science and skill at working with different kinds of learners. High school teachers often specialize in biology and teach other courses of personal interest. There is a high demand for educators that are trained in biological sciences and have strong backgrounds in K-12 education, classroom management, and primary/secondary school administration.
Science museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers: Educators in these settings may design exhibits and educational programs, in addition to teaching special classes or leading tours and nature hikes. Often, these professionals serve as an organization’s “front line” and are responsible for communicating complex biological information to the public, writing grant proposals to fund new programs and exhibits, and working with community partners to leverage resources and gain exposure on local and national levels.
Other directions in biological careers: There are many careers for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields. Here are some examples:
Biotechnology: Biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools, and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science, and medicine. Scientists in this field may work in genetic engineering, pharmaceutical development, or medical technologies (such as nanomedicine), or as a lab technician or technologist. You can learn more about biotechnology opportunities and issues by visiting actionbioscience.org Biotechnology and reading new articles, particularly those sponsored by the partnership between AIBS and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR).
Forensic science: Forensic biologists work with police departments and other law enforcement agencies using scientific methods to discover and process evidence that can be used to solve crimes. Biologists in forensic science often choose a specialty, such as forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, crime scene examination, or—with additional education and training—medical examiner.
Politics and policy: Science advisors work with lawmakers to create new legislation on topics such as biomedical research and environmental protection. Their input is essential, ensuring that decisions are based upon solid science. Professional biologists can serve as policy advocates for scientific organizations or non-profits, political advisors at the state or national level, or even as a representative serving on a political committee or working group. You can learn more about the interface between biology and politics by visiting the AIBS Public Policy Office, where you can find information on current legislative initiatives and how to advocate for science and research policy, as well as sign up to receive AIBS Action Alerts to help express your opinions on biology issues to political decisionmakers. You can also visit actionbioscience.org Science Policyfor detailed information about scientific collections, science education, and more.
Business and industry: Biologists work with drug companies and providers of scientific products and services to research and test new products. They may also work in sales, marketing, and public relations positions.
Economics: Trained professionals work with the government and other organizations to study and address the economic impacts of biological issues, such as species extinctions, forest protection, and environmental pollution. Biologists may also study the impacts of socio-economics on humans, environmental economics (an economic analysis of the environment with a focus on preserving natural capital), or ecological economics (the study of how human economies and natural ecosystems are linked in time and space).
Mathematics: Biologists in fields such as bioinformatics and computational biology apply mathematical techniques to solve biological problems, such as modeling ecosystem processes and gene sequencing. Mathematical and theoretical biology are two recent scientific fields that use mathematical representations and tools to both understand and model biological processes in other research areas, including cell biology, biotechnology, and ecosystem dynamics.
Science writing and communication: Journalists and writers with a science background inform the general public about relevant and emerging biological issues. Biologists with excellent writing and communication skills can be employed by high-profile journals—such as Nature and Science—as well as online magazines and science blogs or print/media networks (e.g., Discovery and National Geographic).
Art: All of the illustrations in your biology textbook, as well as in newspaper and magazine science articles, were created by talented artists with a thorough understanding of biology. Individuals in this field may be employed by magazines and journals (e.g., Scientific American), museums and aquaria, hospitals and medical training centers, or even state and local government agencies.
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- Careers, American Institute of Biological Science
- SCA – Internships; Gap Years (room/board/stipend)
- Environmental Jobs & Careers
- USAJobs.gov (job board for federal agencies - consider visiting the "Students and Recent Graduates" portal)
- Top USA Jobs.Com-Microbiology
- Georgia Bio Job Board (Atlanta-area biotechnology group offering networking events and career resources)
- Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) at UGA
- UGA iPAWS Job Board for Full-Time Opportunities on Campus (click "Search Postings" and then explore "Staff-Full Benefits" and "Temporary" listings for research-related and other campus opportunities)
- American Institute of Biological Science
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- The Ecological Society of America (ESA)
- American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
- National Society of Genetic Counselors
- American Society for Microbiology
- Society of Integrative & Comparative Biology
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
- Candid Career (view professionals speaking about their careers under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
- My Next Move (search careers with key words)
- ExploreHealthCareers.org (great overview of healthcare-related career fields)
- Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career interests. To search, select "groups" & type in your keywords.
- Review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined & consider joining those as well.
- To login, visit the LinkedIn main page.
Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2020 Biology majors
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|AKESOgen, Inc.||Research Associate, Research Laboratory Assistant||Amazon||Associate Worker, Operations Administration||American Conservation Experience Corps||Crew Member||American Restoration Consulting||Sub-contractor||AmeriCorps||Corps Member||Animal Hospital||Veterinary Technician||Animal Hospital of Dunwoody Village||Veterinary Assistant||Aquatic Control||Biologist||Athens Area Urology||Medical Scribe||Athens Heart Center and Specialty Clinics||Medical Assistant||Athens Retina Center||Ophthalmic Assistant||Atlanta Heart Specialists||Front Office Specialist||Augusta Medical Center||Medical Scribe||Augusta University||Research Assistant||Augusta West Dermatology||Medical Assistant||Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital||Veterinary Technician||Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation||Biomedical Technician||Biotest Plasma Center||Biomedical Technician||Boehringer Ingelheim||Technology III Quality Control||BOS Staffing||Staffing Coordinator||Boulevard Family Practice||Certified Medical Assistant||Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery||Medical Assistant||Cameka Scarborough||Medical Assistant||Camino Psychological Services||Fellow||Centers for Disease Control||Database Manager for PulseNet; Response, Outbreak, and Surveillance Team||CHI Memorial Hospital||Medical Transporter||Children's Eye Care & Surgery of Georgia||Office Assistant||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia||Research Technician I||Children's Medical Group||Extender||City of Atlanta Department of Watershed||Laboratory Technician||Cobb County School District||Science Teacher||Columbia University||Irving Medical Research Techincian||CVS||Pharmacy Technician||Dalton Nephrology and Hypertension||COVID-19 Screener||Deloitte||Strategy and Operations Summer Scholar||Dr. Marc Yune||Medical Assistant||Dr. McGarity||Medical Assistant||Dr. Scott Elledge||Assistant/Scribe||Emory Healthcare||Medical Assistant, Neonatal Hearing Screener, Research Specialist||Eurofins Scientific||PCR Scientist||FlexCare||Recruiter||Fremont School District 79||Teacher||Fulton County Board of Health||COVID-19 Contact Tracer, Disease Intervention Specialist||Fulton County Schools||Substitute Teacher||Gary Levengood||Certified Clinical Medical Assistant||Georgia Oral and Facial Surgery||Dental Assistant||Grady Memorial Hospital||Emergency Medical Technician||Greg Sheen||Dentist||Harmonie Medical||Biologics Coordinator||HB Fuller||Laboratory Technician||HIPnation||Medical Assistant / Patient Care Coordinator||IBM||DevOps Engineer||Independence Medical Services||Provider Specialist Associate||Kroger||Pharmacy Technician||Medical Institute Northeast Georgia||Medical Assistant||Mercy Health Center||Emergency Medical Technician||MetroDerm, P.C.||Medical Assistant||Milan Eye Center||Pharmacy Technician||Mustard Seed School||Teacher||National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism||Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow||Nephron Pharmaceuticals||Environmental Monitor||Nolan Transportation Group||Sales Representative||North Atlanta Dermatology||Medical Assistant||North Atlanta Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.||Surgical Assistant||Northwestern Mutual||Financial Advisor||Not Specified||Medical Assistant||Not Specified||Opthalmic Technician||Not Specified||Real Estate Agent||Novartis||BioProcess Engineer||OBGYN of Atlanta||Medical Assistant||Omni Eye Services||Medical Scribe/Ophthalmic Technician||OrthoGeorgia||Scribe||OrthoLink, LLC||Associate Sales Representative||Piedmont Athens Regional||ER Patient Care Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant||ProCare EMS||Emergency Medical Technician||Regents||Teacher||Restorative Health||Marketing Director||Resurgens Orthopaedics||Certified Clinical Medical Assistant||Revive Medical Center||Chiropractic Assistant||Rome City Schools||Middle School Teacher||Salamandra, LLC||Research Assistant||ScribeAmerica||ER Scribe at Emory Hospital, Medical Scribe, Scribe||Sonevos||Project Manager||Source One||Laboratory Technician||St Mary’s Health System||Patient Care Technician, Medical Assistant||Summit Spine and Joint Centers||Medical Assistant||The National Institute on Drug Abuse||Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow||Thomasville Family Medicine Center||Medical Receptionist||U.S. Rental Care||Clinical Research Coordinator||University of Georgia||Lab Animal Technician/Bio-Containment for UGA Animal Health Research Center, Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Residential Advisor and Teaching Assistant at Marine Institue||University of Pennsylvania||Research Specialist||University Rehabilitation and Nursing||Nursing Assistant||Walgreens||Shift Supervisor||WellStar Neurology and Headache Clinic||Medical Assistant||WuXi AppTec||Associate Laboratory Technician||ZRT||Quality Control Lab Technician and Manager|
Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2020 Biology majors
The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Albany State University||Not Specified||Arizona State University||Computer Science, Master's||Athens Technical College||Not Specified||Auburn University||Veterinary Medicine, DVM||Augusta University||Biomedical Science, PhD; Dental Medicine, DMD; Dentistry, DMD; Medicine, MD; Nursing, Master's; Physical Therapy, DPT; Physician Assistant, Master's||Barry University||Biomedical Sciences, Master's||Bastyr University||Medicine, MD||Boston University||Medicine, MD||Clayton State University||Health Sciences, Bachelor's: Undeclared, Bachelor's||College of Charleston||Marine Biology, Master's||College of Coastal Georgia||Nursing, Master's||Columbia University||Dental Medicine, DMD||Columbus State University||Nursing, Bachelor's||Dental College of Georgia||Dental Medicine, DMD; Dentistry, DMD||Duke University||Medicine, MD||Eastern Virginia University||Biomedical Sciences, Master's||Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine||Osteopathic Medicine, DO||Emory University||Anesthesiology/Patient Monitor, Master's; Environmental Health, Master's; Medicine, MD||Gannon University||Occuptional Therapy, OTD||Georgetown University||Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Master's||Georgia Gwinnett College||Biology, Bachelor's; Undeclared, Bachelor's||Georgia Southern University||Applied Physical Sciences, Master's||Georgia State University||Computer Information Systems, Bachelor's; Health Administration, Master's; Public Health, Master's: Anthropology, Master's||Gwinnet Technical College||Not Specified||Israel Institute of Technology||Unspecified||Johns Hopkins University||Engineering, Master's; Epidemiology, Master's||Kennesaw State University||Diploma/Certificate; Physician Assistant, PA||Lanier Technical College||Dental Hygiene, Diploma/Certificate; Interdisciplinary Studies, AB; Medical Assistant, Master's||LECOM School of Dental Medicine||Dental Medicine, DMD||Liberty University||Biomedical Science, Master's||Life University||Chiropractic Doctorate, PhD||Lincoln Memorial University||Osteopathic Medicine, DO||Loma Linda School of Medicine||Medicine, MD||Louisiana State University||Biological Sciences, Master's||Marian University||Biomedical Science, Master's||Medical College of Georgia||Medicine, PhD; Medicine, MD||Medical Sales College||Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Diploma/Certificate||Meharry Medical College||Dental Medicine, DMD||Mercer University||Business Administration, Master's; Medicine, MD; Nursing, ABSN; Preclinical Sciences, Master's: Physician's Assistant, PA||Mercer University Atlanta||Program Not Specified, Graduate/Professional||Middle Georgia State University||Psychology, Bachelor's||Morehouse College||Medicine, MD||New York Medical College||Basic Medical Science, Master's||New York University||Dental Medicine, DMD; Dental Surgery, DDS||Nova Southeastern University||Anesthesiologist Assistant, Master's: Osteopathic Medicine, DO||Officer Candidate School||Navy Officer School||Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine||Biomedical Sciences, Master's||Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine||Biomedical Sciences, Master's; Medicine, MD; Medicine, DMD; Osteopathic Medicine, DO; Pharmacy, PharmD; Physician Assistant Studies, Master's||Rocky Vista University||Biomedical Sciences, Master's||Saint James School of Medicine- Anguilla||Medicine, MD||South University||Anesthesia Science, Master's; Anesthesiologist Assistant, Master'||Southern College of Optometry||Optometry, PhD||Southern Regional Technical College||Surgical Technology, AB||State University of New York College of Optometry||Optometry, PhD||Temple University||Dental Medicine, DMD||University of Alabama Birmingham||Biomedical & Health Sciences, Master's; Dental Medicine, DMD||University of Alabama- Birmingham||Dental Medicine, DMD; Optometry, OD||University of Alaska Fairbanks||Marine Biology, Master's||University of Florida||Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience, PhD; Medicine, MD||University of Georgia||Accounting, Bachelor's; Biology, Bachelor's; Business Administration/STEM, Master's; Comparative Biomedical Science, Master's; Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, Master's; Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD; Epidemiology, Master's; Integrated Life Sciences, PhD; Intended Dietetics, Bachelor's; Law, JD; Marine Science, Master's; Pharmacy, Bachelor's; Pharmacy, PhD; Pharmacy, PharmD; Psychology, Bachelor's; Public Health, Bachelor's; Public Health, Master's; Public Health - Epidemiology, Master's; Science Education, Master's; Veterinary Medicine, DVM; Genetics, Bachelor's; Marine Science, PhD||University of Kentucky||Professional Development, Master's||University of Louisville||Medicine, MD||University of Michigan||Dental Medicine, DDS||University of Missouri- Kansas City||Medicine, MD||University of New Haven||Forensic Technology, Master's||University of North Georgia||Diploma/Certificate||University of South Carolina||Biomedical Studies, Master's||University of Southern California||Dental Medicine, DMD||University of Southern Florida||Medicine, MD||University of St Augustine||Physical Therapy, PhD||University of Tennessee||Medicine, MD; Pharmacology, Unspec Graduate/Professional||University of Tennessee- Memphis||Dental Medicine, DMD||University of Utah||Dental Medicine, DMD||University of West Georgia||Undeclared, Bachelor's||Vanderbilt University||Biomedical Sciences, Master's||Wake Forest University||Not Specified|