Department of Biological Sciences

A Career Guide

Tips on Finding a Career in Biology

This is a guide to help biology students who are undecided about their career or who do not know the career paths that are available to them.

  • Investigate available careers – at the end of this document, I have provided a list of jobs available to someone with a biology degree. This list represents some, but not all available jobs. Use it to get an idea of the possibilities.  If you don’t find what interests you, get more information through the Lehman College Career Services, and the Biology Department's Twitter site or by searching the Web.
  • Know the qualifications that employers expect you to have – employers are not only looking for good academic records, but also for skills and personal characteristics that set you apart from other applicants. You will qualify for a range of jobs in biology or biology-related fields, if you have incorporated some general skills through your college education. For example, most employers expect a biology graduate to be able to write and speak well in English, have computer skills, be able to solve problems, be able to follow and implement a protocol, work well with others as well as independently, and have good work ethics.
  • Get research experience – most employers of biology majors expect you to have research experience. You can gain many of the skills I mentioned in the previous paragraph through doing research. Getting involved in research is the most effective way to get hands-on experience of the materials you learned in classroom. Talk to your Departmental Adviser to see if you qualify for doing research under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Evaluate your skills and prepare yourself – before applying for a job, examine your academic records and evaluate your skills to see if you qualify for the job. You should prepare a superb resume and cover letter to highlight your academic records and skills. Your resume and cover letter should make it clear to the employer as to why you are the most suitable person for the job. Finally, prepare yourself for the job interview.

Careers in Biology

With a bachelor’s degree in biology, you can get a job in the technician category. If you want to work in a supervisory position, you should apply for graduate school to get a masters or doctoral degree. If you want to become a physician or find other health-related occupations, you should attend a professional school for further training.  The listed careers are in alphabetical order. Contact the Career Services to see what the qualifications are for each occupation.


  • Administration Budget Coordinator
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Bio-Engineer
  • Biometrician
  • Bio-Technologist
  • Botanist
  • Brewery Laboratory Assistant
  • Chief of Clinical Perfusion
  • Chiropractor
  • Professor
  • Dentist
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Ecologist
  • Education Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Environmental Protection Worker
  • Fish Hatchery Technician
  • Fisheries Conservationist
  • Food Scientist Technologist
  • Forester
  • Fundraiser/Grant Writer
  • Genetic Engineering Researcher
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Marine Biologist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Medical/Science Illustrator or Writer
  • Medical Librarian
  • Medical Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Neurobiologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Pet Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Technologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Laboratory Technician
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Equipment Manufacturer
  • Soil Conservationist
  • State Parks and Recreation
  • Test and Inspection Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Resources Worker
  • Zoologist
  • Zoos/Museums/Aquarium Administrator


 

 

Last modified: Mar 27, 2012

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