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As a Biology major, you study all aspects of living organisms. Biologists search for solutions to our most pressing urban, environmental and population problems. Their discoveries are essential for improving our civilization.

Representative Job titles and Areas of Specialization

Air Pollution Control Specialist * Pharmacologist
Aquatic Biologist Physical Therapist
Biological Illustrator Physician
Biology Teacher/Instructor/Professor Park Ranger *
Cell Biologist Pharmacist
Chiropractor Physician's Assistant
Conservation Biologist Physiologist
Dentist Podiatrist
Dental Hygienist Population Biologist
Ecologist Preparator/Taxidermist *
Environmental Consultant Public Health Educator
Game Warden * Range Manager *
Genetic Counselor Salesperson Of Biological Products *
Geneticist Science Librarian
Histologist Speech Therapist
Laboratory Technologist * Taxonomist
Medical Technologist Technical Writer/Editor *
Microbiologist Urban Planner *
Museum Educator Veterinarian
Naturalist * Wildlife Management Biologist
Nutritionist Zoological Park Curator
Nurse Zoologist
Occupational Therapist Optometrist
* See Training section

Nature of the Work

Most Biological scientists are involved in research and development. If you work in a laboratory, you need to be familiar with research techniques, lab equipment and computers. But, just because you're a biologist doesn't mean you're confined to a laboratory. You can travel the world exploring new species and studying existing ones.

Biologists direct activities at zoos and botanical gardens.

You can be a consultant to businesses and government or write for technical publications.

Chemical manufacturing companies might hire you for technical sales and service.

Biologists are currently in demand for teaching especially at the high school level.

Places of Employment

Corporations dealing in pharmaceuticals, Zoos
  medical supplies, Parks departments
  diagnostics, Environmental consulting firms
  genetic engineering, Dept. of the Interior
  scientific instruments and supplies, Federal agencies including:
  foods and cosmetics  
County & state depts. of public health National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Schools, colleges, universities Forest Service
Medical research centers Bureau of Land Management
Publishing houses National Parks
Hospitals, clinics National Institutes of Health
Scientific libraries Veterans Administration


Check out the jobs with asterisks. They may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

If you are considering a career in biological research, you should pursue a Ph.D. If you have a master's degree, you may work as research assistant.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

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