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Biology Major

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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


Typical Work Activities and Behaviors

  • Surveying
  • Interviewing
  • Analyzing community needs
  • Analyzing communication situations
  • Critiquing
  • Diagnosing
  • Analyzing manpower requirements
  • Organizing/classifying
  • Reviewing/evaluating
  • Systematizing/organizing material
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Decision making
  • Screening
  • 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

Possible 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*
  • Physician*
  • 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


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

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*

*Denotes additional education required

More Information in Career Services

These publications must be used in the "Browsing" Library of Career Services. There are also many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you.

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

  • Animal and Pet Care Careers
  • Biotechnology Careers
  • Careers for Animal Lovers and Others Zoological Types
  • Careers for Nature Lovers and Other Outdoor Types
  • Careers for Plant Lovers and Other Green Thumb Types
  • Careers in Science
  • Careers in the Outdoors
  • Careers for Nature and Other Outdoor Types
  • Earth Works
  • Environment Maryland
  • Environmental Careers
  • Great Jobs for Biology Majors
  • Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors
  • Health Care Job Explosion
  • How to Become a Physical Therapist
  • Job Opportunities in Health and Science
  • Job Opportunities for Health and Science Majors

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here .

  • Job Opportunities in Health and Science
  • Jump Start Your Career in Bioscience
  • Medical Sales Careers
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers
  • Opportunities in Biological Science Careers
  • Opportunities in Animal and Pet Care Careers
  • Opportunities in Physician Careers
  • Opportunities in Physician Assistant Careers
  • Opportunities in Physical Therapy Careers
  • Opportunities in Speech-Language Pathology Careers
  • Opportunities in Gerontology and Aging Services Careers
  • Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy
  • Your Resource Guide to Environmental Organizations

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

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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