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What Can I Do With a Major in Biology?

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Career Titles

  • Acquisition Logistics Manager
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agronomist 
  • Air / Water Quality Analyst
  • Allergist
  • Anatomist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Animal Biologist
  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Ecologist
  • Animal Physiologist
  • Animal Research Technician
  • Animal Rights Advocate
  • Animal Scientist
  • Animal Taxonomist
  • Animal Trainer
  • Anthropologist
  • Aqua Culturist
  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Aquarist
  • Aquarium & Museum Worker
  • Aquarium Technician
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Aquatic Ecologist
  • Arborist
  • Audiologist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Bioanalyst
  • Biochemical Tester
  • Biochemical Toxicologist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioengineer
  • Biological Illustrator
  • Biological Photographer
  • Biological Researcher
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Biometrician
  • Biophysicist
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnology Sales Representative
  • Blood Bank Technologist
  • Botanist
  • Brewery Laboratory Assistant
  • Cell Biologist
  • Cell Culture Specialist
  • Cellular Physiologist
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Oceanographer
  • Chemist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Chemist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Conservationist
  • Coroner 
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Criminologist
  • Crop Physiologist
  • Crop Scientist
  • Cytologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Dermatologist
  • Dietitian
  • Drug Inspector
  • Ecologist
  • Embryologist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Endocrinologist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Protection Worker
  • Environmental Scientist
  • EPA Inspector
  • Epidemiologist
  • Ergonomist 
  • Ethologist
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Fish Hatchery Technician
  • Fish Processor
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries conservation
  • Fisheries Conservationist
  • Flavors/Fragrances Researcher
  • Floriculturist
  • Florist
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Food Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Biotechnologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Serologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forester
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Geneticist
  • Geographer
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Health Officer
  • Health Physicist
  • Herpetologist
  • Histologist
  • Horticulture Scientist
  • Horticulturist
  • Hospital Administrator 
  • Hydrographic Survey Technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Ichthyologist
  • Immunologist
  • Industrial Hygienist 
  • Industrial Marine Economist
  • Journalist
  • Kennel Manager
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscaper
  • Librarian
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Limnological Technician
  • Limnologist
  • Mammalogist
  • Marine Bacteriologist 
  • Marine Biologist
  • Marine Mammal Trainer
  • Marine Resource Analyst
  • Marine Sales
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Medical and Scientific Writer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Medical Examiner
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Laboratory Tech
  • Medical Librarian
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Medical Technologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Molecular Geneticist
  • Morphologist
  • Mortician
  • Mycologist
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Naturalist
  • Neurobiologist
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Oceanographer
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Ornithologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Paramedic
  • Parasitologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Ranger
  • Patent Attorney
  • Patent Specialist
  • Pathologist
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Pediatrician
  • Perfusionist
  • Pest Control Inspector
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physiologist
  • Plant Biologist
  • Plant Ecologist
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Plant Taxonomist
  • Podiatrist
  • Pollution Control Technician
  • Professor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychobiologist
  • Public Health Director
  • Public Health Statistician   
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Science Editor
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Librarian
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Statistician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Surgeon
  • Taxonomist
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer 
  • Toxicologist
  • Underwater Technician 
  • Veterinarian 
  • Veterinarian Technician
  • Virologist
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist 
  • Wildlife Ecologist
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Zoo Manager
  • Zoological Ecologist
  • Zoological Morphologist
  • Zoological Physiologist
  • Zoological Researcher
  • Zoological Taxonomist
  • Zoologist

Employers
  • Agribusiness Companies
  • Agricultural Chemical Companies
  • Agricultural Firms-Research
  • Animal Refuges
  • Aquariums
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Biological Testing Laboratories     
  • Biomedical and Health Research
  • Biomedical Companies
  • Biopharmaceutical Companies
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Botanical Gardens & Arboretums
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Clinics
  • Colleges/Universities               
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Consulting Engineering Firms
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Distilleries
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Farms
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Fisheries
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Forestry Centers
  • Game & Water Fish Commission
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Health Care Producers
  • Horticulture Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Humane Societies
  • Landscaping Companies
  • Local, State, Federal Government
  • Lumber Industry
  • Magazines
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Marine and Oceanic Groups
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Medical Schools
  • Museums
  • NASA
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Park Service
  • Natural History Museums
  • Oil Companies
  • Park Service
  • Peace Corps
  • Pest Control Companies
  • Pet Stores
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Professional and Technical Journals
  • Public Health Departments
  • Public Utilities
  • Research Facilities
  • Research Foundations
  • Research Organizations
  • Scientific Journals
  • Soap/Cosmetics Companies
  • State & National Parks
  • Testing Labs
  • Tobacco Industry
  • Wastewater Treatment Facilities
  • Water Resource Council
  • Wildlife Preserves
  • Zoos

Skills
  • Ability to use scientific equipment and measuring instruments
  • Acute observational skills
  • Advanced critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills
  • Analytical & quantitative abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Biology theory & practical knowledge
  • Biology theory & practical knowledge
  • Calculating skills
  • Capability of conducting research and statistically analyzing the data
  • Capacity to tests products and equipment to ensure quality and safety
  • Capacity to understand and express complex scientific and technical information
  • Careful record keeping skills
  • Concentrate for long periods of time
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Data analysis
  • Data processing
  • Demonstrate abilities in critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cellular biology, molecular biology and genetics, organismal biology and population biology.
  • Draw conclusions from data
  • Evaluate information against appropriate standards-manipulating information using expertise in statistics
  • Experiment with ideas/procedures
  • Faculty to improve the methods available for processing and storing resources
  • Gather data
  • Independent worker
  • Information handling & organization
  • Learn new information quickly
  • Logical thinking
  • Maintain records/tabulate data
  • Makes critical observations and appropriate decisions
  • Numerical computation
  • Operate scientific equipment 
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Organization of data
  • Perceive and define cause and effect relationships
  • Perception of patterns/structures
  • Possesses proficiency for accurate details
  • Present/summarize research findings
  • Problem solving
  • Reads, writes, thinks, questions, analyzes, and problem solves
  • Review large amounts of material and extracting essence
  • Statistical awareness
  • Summarize data
  • Teamwork
  • Technical skills
  • Test an idea/hypothesis
  • Use scientific methods and to appreciate the contributions of science and scientists to humanity's present and future welfare.
  • Write and speak clearly using scientific terminology.
  • Write factual material clearly and concisely

Salary Information

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Spring 2014 Average Starting Salary:
  • Biological Sciences/Life Sciences Bachelors Degree: $41,900

Average Salary of SNC Biology Graduates:

  • 2013: $20,000 - $30,000
  • 2012: $20,000 - $30,000
  • 2011: $30,000 - $40,000

For additional salary information, please visit salary.com.

Graduate Data

To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the Biology Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF)

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