Careers in Biology
One purpose of a college education is to prepare you for a career. Thoughts about what to do after graduation from Avila University will begin the moment you select classes in your first semester.
Some will have a clear after-graduation plan. Others will change their mind several times. Some may pursue a career that requires additional schooling. Chances are, if you’ve selected a life science major, you wish to pursue a career related to this.
The first step in determining what career is right for you is to begin researching careers when you start at Avila. This may involve surfing the internet, talking to people you know, and actively seeking out individuals who work in the field.
A good starting point for all biology majors is www.aibs.org/careers, the careers website of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Select courses that will help you build skills critical in most life science jobs: quantitative and communication skills. And while courses and grades are important, it helps to gain experience, such as internships, summer employment, and volunteer service related to your field of interest.
Finally determine if the field requires graduate or professional school. Resources at Avila to help guide you to a successful career after graduation include your advisor and Avila’s Office of Career Services.
Learn more about the career paths for biology majors:
Biology research can be carried out by college and university professors, government workers, and researchers in the corporate world. Typically, these positions involve some type of graduate school training. The following sites will help you research these:
Health care professionals have strong backgrounds in biology. Health care professionals include physicians, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, chiropractors, genetic counselors and veterinarians. All require professional school training.
Science educators love talking science with people and encourage them to learn about the natural world. They may work in grade schools, colleges and universities, museums, zoos, aquariums or nature centers. Check out The National Science and Math Initiative for further information.
Other Career Possibilities
The communication and quantitative skills developed by pursuing biological study, can enable graduates to pursue a number of job opportunities not directly related to biology. An excellent starting point is the job opening site resources.alljobopenings.com; the National Academies of Sciences; and the Federation of Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The Federal (www.usajobs.gov) and state government (www.mo.gov/work/job-seekers/state-job-openings) agencies employ many science majors. Biologists have entered the job market as journalists, animal breeders, biostatisticians, science and medical illustrators, nonprofit organization staff and administrators, and attorneys.