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Elizabeth Lehto

Biology is a great major because it is so versatile.

Here's a list of various things you can do with a biology degree, some you can do right out of college, but many of them need further training.

If you don't want to go in medicine but are still want to go into health care, there are plenty of options: pharmacy, physicians assistant, nursing, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic school, or dentistry to name a few. Veterinarian school is also an option. As is physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, massage therapist, bioethics, genetic counseling, and dietitian.

If you decide that health care isn't your cup of tea there's still plenty of options.

You can go into education, at the high school, community college, or college level.

If you like animals: zookeeper, gamekeeper, animal trainer, marine biologist, aquaculture

Like the environment? There's conservation biology, forest ranger, environmental scientist, or agricultural scientist.

Are plants more your thing? Then you can look into botany, horticulture, landscaping.

Do you like math? If so you may want to consider bioinformatics, biomechanical engineering, epidemiology, biometrician, statistician, or nanotechnology.

Industry related fields include pharmaceutical research, other forms of research, drug testing, quality control, food safety, zymurgy (which is a fancy word for beer or wine making).

Do you like art? There's medical illustration, bio-animation and films, and molecular visualization.

Want to work with the law or the government? Look into forensics/criminal investigation or biotechnology patent law. National health as part of the FDA, CDC, or WHO. City or community health official, or bioterorism are also important fields.

As you can see, you can do pretty much anything with a degree in biology. These sites have descriptions of some of the careers and some good websites to get more information about further training.
http://biology.ucsd.edu/_files/education/undergrad/101thingsPresentApr2013.pdf
http://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/studentaffairs/studentservices/career/what%20can%20i%20do%20...%20biology.pdf

The job prospects vary depending on the career, once you have an idea of what interests you you can get a better feel for the prospects. Science careers tend to have a better outlook than some others, but its hard to tell with the current job market.

Hopefully this helps you with your search!

Answered 2 years ago

Elizabeth Lehto