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What are your career goals?

You have to first envision your career and then plan it.

Advising tools through the Career Center

Uncertainty about career goals is normal for freshmen and sophomores. It is difficult to know what career will suit you until you have explored a few. The Career Center on campus offers two assessment tests that may help you identify careers you want to explore. The Strong Interest Inventory yields a list of specific jobs and careers you may want to investigate; the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is a personality inventory. As of this posting (January 2015), these tests may be taken free online using the instructions in the attached PDF file ). However, you must make an appointment with the Career Center to get the results (a half-hour appointment if you took one of the tests or an hour appointment if you took both).

Getting a B.A. or B.S. is the easy part compared to trying to identify a career that would utilize your degree the best. With a B.S. or B.A. in Biology you can be a:

  • Scientific company sales representative or technical service representative
  • Laboratory technician (medical, microbiological, biotechnological, etc.)
  • Food, dairy, brewery production, quality control
  • Animal technician (looking after animals in zoo, pet store, vivarium, veterinary hospital)
  • Greenhouse/garden curator(botanical technician)
  • Agricultural or wildlife fields
  • Environmental technician, consultant

Of course you can go on and get a M.S. or apply to graduate schools for a Ph.D. or go on to professional schools and be a physician, a dentist, a pharmacist or a veterinarian.

Broadly speaking Biology can be divided into Molecular and Cell, Organismal and Field Biology. If you want to decide your area of concentration by finding out what the occupational outlook (that means how easy is to get a position and how much it pays) visit the Occupational Outlook website set up by the Bureau of Labor. Otherwise you can start by visiting ExploreHEALTHCareers.org for ideas or by looking through the different options listed below:

Molecular/Cellular

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience

Organismal

  • Animal Behavior
  • Botany
  • Entomology
  • Ornithology
  • Parasitology
  • Physiology
  • Marine Mammal

Field

  • Biological Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Oceanography, Marine Science Marine Biology
  • Systematic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Zoological Park and Aquarium

Health Related Careers

  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant and Animal Caretaker

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