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Biology

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 Area of Specialization
  • Air Pollution Control Specialist *
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Biological Illustrator
  • Biology
  • Teacher/Instructor/Professor
  • Cell Biologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Game Warden *
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Geneticist
  • Histologist
  • Laboratory Technologist *
  • Medical Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Museum Educator
  • Naturalist *
  • Nutritionist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Park Ranger *
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Physiologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Population Biologist
  • Preparator/Taxidermist *
  • Public Health Educator
  • Range Manager *
  • Salesperson Of Biological Products *
  • Science Librarian
  • Speech Therapist
  • Taxonomist
  • Technical Writer/Editor *
  • Urban Planner *
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Management Biologist
  • Zoological Park Curator
  • Zoologist
  • 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
    • medical supplies
    • diagnostics
    • genetic engineering
    • scientific instruments and supplies
    • foods and cosmetics
  • County & state depts. of public health
  • Schools, colleges, universities
  • Medical research centers
  • Publishing houses
  • Hospitals, clinics
  • Scientific libraries
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Parks departments
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Dept. of the Interior
  • Federal agencies including:
    • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
    • Forest Service
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • National Parks
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Veterans Administration

Training

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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