Careers in Biology

What Career Opportunities Exist for Biologists?

The field of biology encompasses a many diverse fields and so presents many job opportunities.  After receiving a bachelor degree in biology sciences, an individual may work as a technician in laboratories in academic institutions, industries, government agencies, hospitals and private companies.  An individual may also work as a science sales representative or a as a science writer.  With a master degree, an individual may be hired as a research scientist, a laboratory supervisor or an instructor in community or junior college.  A doctoral degree prepares individuals for research and teaching positions in colleges, independent research in academic and industrial settings as well as administrative positions in industry and government.


How much does a biologist earn?

Biologist salaries vary widely depending on several factors including level of education, employment sector and previous job experience.  Even so, there are some general statements regarding biologist salaries that can be made.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one third of the thirty fastest growing occupations require education in biology.*

Jobs in biological sciences and healthcare fields are expected to grow an average of 23.5% over the next twenty years.  When compared with average job growth of 14% overall, it is easy to see that pursuing education in biological sciences is a sound career choice.*

A degree in the biological sciences makes financial sense.  Overall, salaries in biology and medical fields are 87% higher than the national average.**




*   http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_103.htm

** http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/

** http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm