Career Development

Career Planning

Biology Major Career Planning Options

  • Biology
  • Biology Education (see also Education major)

Biology provides us with an awareness of the functions and interactions of living organisms by offering insight into their structure, evolution, behavior, and life processes. Biology majors are encouraged to obtain scientific skills in analysis, problem solving, and interpretation, by exploring a broad range of sciences, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Exposure to the liberal arts also contributes to one's broad knowledge base, while developing necessary critical thinking and communications skills.

Visit Rivier's Biology Department for information on degrees and course offerings.

 Biology Major Skills 

Biology Theory & Practical Knowledge Information Handling & Organization
Analytical & Quantitative Abilities Verbal and Written Communication
Teamwork Problem Solving
Curiosity & Creativity Independent Worker
Programming Abilities Statistical Awareness
Innovative Talents Operate Scientific Equipment
Technical Skills  

*Biology Education majors should also develop skills involving creativity, planning and the ability to adapt teaching methods and modalities to the various learning styles of students.

Career Paths in Biology 

New biology graduates have work options that are diverse and dependent upon one's interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. The largest concentration of employment is in the health sciences, followed by laboratory positions and secondary teaching careers. Some biology graduates seek employment in energy and environmental fields, business and sales, research, public health, and government. A bachelor's degree is adequate for entry level positions in research, testing, inspection, and technical sales, but an advanced degree is necessary for career progression. Postgraduate studies range from cell biology to field biology, along with entry into professional programs that provide training for medical doctors, osteopaths, podiatrists, veterinarians, chiropractors, optometrists, physical therapists, dentists, and medical technologists.

Biology graduates may work as...(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor's degree)

Clinical Associate  Biology Teacher
Toxicology Associate Scientist
Research Technician Bioinformatics Programmer
Biological Sales Rep    Technical Writer
Public Health Inspector  Bioengineer
Food & Drug Inspector  Pharmaceutical Research/Sales
Microbiologist Medical Lab Technician
Fish & Wildlife Technician Environmental Educator
Epidemiologist  Geneticist
Hospital Administrator  Junior Statistician
Zoologist  Wetlands Biologist
Medical, Dental & Veterinary Professionals  Animal Trainer/Breeder
Physical Therapist Cytogenic Technician
Criminal Lab Technician Biologist
Biochemist Radiation Protection Technicians
Industrial Hygienist Conservation Officer

Biology graduates may work at... 

Foundations Biological Book/Journal Publishers
State/Federal Government Private & Public Schools
Colleges & Universities Consulting Engineering Firms
Agriculture Chemical Companies Business & Industry
Zoos & Aquariums Medical Corporations
Biological Testing Labs Private Research
Biotech Firms Wildlife Preserves/Parks
Hospitals & Public Health Facilities Museums & Nurseries
Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Utility & Food Companies  

Ways to Increase Employability 

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one's professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation as teaching/research assistants, or through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Biology 

  • Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Biology Department Resources
  • Professionals Working in the Field
  • Professional Organizations
  • Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources

Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to Biology 

Career related websites for Biology majors 

Pre-Medical /Health Profession Resources 

  • Health Careers (Find out how to become a.........)
  • Princeton Review (Guide to getting into and applying to , finding the right schools, practice preparation for the MCATs and USMLE)
  • Student Doctor Network (Pre-Medical students resources, career choices, and much more)
  • Pre-Dental Resources (Includes general information about dental careers and dental schools, DAT test prep,etc.)
  • Net Vet (Veterinarian Career resources and information on education, specialties, organizations, etc.)

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