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Academic Information:

What is Biology?

According to the American Institute of Biological Sciences:

Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. They may study cells under a microscope, insects in a rainforest, viruses that affect human beings, plants in a greenhouse, or lions in the African grasslands. Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.

Career Information

Typical Job Titles


  • Toxicologist*
  • Veterinarian*
  • Biological researcher
  • Biostatistician*
  • Bacteriologist*
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Physician*
  • Medical illustrator
  • Epidemiologist*
  • Genetic engineer*
  • Health policy consultant*
  • Data analyst*
  • Administrator, HMO*
  • Medical librarian*
  • Medical Technologist*
  • Dentist*
  • Optometrist*
  • Pharmacist*
  • Physiologist*
  • Dental hygienist*


  • Biochemist*
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Industrial hygienist*
  • Retail manager
  • Bioengineer*
  • Trainer
  • Molecular biologist*
  • Food technician/technologist
  • Pest control consultant
  • Technical writer
  • Journalist: Science magazine editor
  • Wildlife photographer

Government/Public Sector

  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Public health officer*unger policy analyst
  • Water quality inspector
  • Aquarist
  • Park ranger
  • Food and drug inspector*
  • Parasitologist*
  • City recycling manager*
  • Administrator, nuclear waste program*
  • Teacher
  • Professor*


  • Park naturalist
  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Marine biologist*
  • Botanist*
  • Zoologist*
  • Ichthyologist*
  • Fundraiser, environmental organization
  • Entomologist
  • Conservationist
  • Curator, botanical gardens


  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Marine Geologist
  • Aqua culturist
  • Ergonomist
  • Marine Sales
  • Aquarium & Museum
  • Fish Hatchery Tech
  • Marine Tourist Worker
  • Aquarium Technician
  • Fisheries Conservation
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Florist
  • Barrier Beach Mgr
  • Food Scientist-Tech
  • Medical Laboratory Tech
  • Forester
  • Bio-Technologist
  • Genetic Eng. Research
  • Geographer
  • Meteorologist
  • Biometrician
  • Microbiologist
  • Boat Builder & Repair
  • Horticulturist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Mortician
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Chiropractor
  • Mycologist
  • Coastal Resources Mgr.
  • Industrial Marine Econ.
  • Naval Architect
  • Commercial Fish. Eng.
  • Limnological Technician
  • Net Designer
  • Coroner
  • Marine-Coastal Consult
  • Neurobiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Dietitian & Nutritionist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Science Lab Tech.
  • Public Health Worker
  • Science Teache
  • Salt Marsh Manager
  • Wildlife Resources Mgr.
  • State Parks & Recreation
  • Science Writer
  • Test-Inspection Tech.
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Underwater Technician
  • Systems Analyst
  • Geophysicist
  • Physicis
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Seafood Processor-Researcher
  • Science Illustrator

Typical Places of Employment

  • Private & Non-profit Organizations
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Research Foundations
  • Health Care Producers
  • Scientific Journals
  • Educational Institutions
  • Soap/Cosmetics Companies
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Testing Labs
  • Fisheries
  • Public Utilities
  • Government Agencies
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • State Department of Health
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • OSHA
  • Dept. of Agriculture
  • Land Use Planning Comm.
  • Peace Corps
  • Dept. of Environ. Protection

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Surveying
  • Interviewing
  • Analyzing community needs
  • Analyzing communication situations
  • Critiquing
  • Diagnosing
  • Analyzing manpower requirements
  • Organizing/classifying
  • Reviewing/evaluating
  • Systematizing/organizing material
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Skilled at clarifying problems/situations
  • Recognizing elements, relationships, structures, and organizing principles
  • Ability to trace problems to their sources
  • Reviewing large amounts of material and extracting essence
  • Perceiving/defining cause and effect relationship
  • Anticipate problems
  • Problem solving
  • Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
  • Working independently

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





(Campbell) Alston, Deirdre 05/1998 Anatomy & Physiology Professor Howard Community College
AuerJones, Diane Deputy Associate Director for Science White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Baker, Michael 12/1994 Environmental Manager URS Corporation - Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and InterCounty Connector
Bozman, Sr., Jay Eastern Shore Regional Director Md Dept. Of Environment - Air Management Admin.
Bradley, Kathryn Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Coastal Resource Manager Peace Corps
Bulger, Michelle 05/1995 Undergraduate Life Sciences Advisor University of Maryland Baltimore County
Carey, Lauren 05/2007 Veterinary Student
Claude, Jeremy 05/2004 Aquatic Biologist Wildlife International, Ltd.
Coale, Allison 05/2001 Schools Physical Therapist South Euclid- Lyndhurst City
Eberhardt, Bronlynn 05/2001 Self-Employed Dentist
Jones, Kimberly 05/2007 DNA Analyst Assistant Armed Force Institute of Pathology
King, Jennifer 06/1996 Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician Cooper University Hospital
Larkin, Robyn 05/1998 Education Supervisor Dolphin Quest Bermuda

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field

Professional Association Links

The American Society for Cell Biology

American Association of Zoo Keepers

American Aquarium and Zoo Association

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

International Biometric Society

The Company of Biologists Limited

US Geological Survey  - Biological Resources

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences

National Society of Genetic Counselors

Animal Biology Careers

Biochemistry Careers

Botany (Plants) Careers

Environmental/Conservation Careers

Forensic Careers

General Biology Careers

Marine Biology Careers

Medical Careers

Microbiology Careers

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