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Careers for Biology Degrees Graduates

Common job titles

  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biological technician
  • Biologist
  • Biophysicist
  • Chemical technician
  • College professor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Lab technician
  • Medical scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Physician
  • Research and development manager
  • Surgeon
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoologists

Job outlook data

Biologists and microbiologists held around 22,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Microbiologists research and develop new medicines and treatments—such as vaccines and antibiotics that are used to fight infectious diseases—and work in other areas of research and development like food production, chemical production, energy, agriculture and environmental preservation. Recent biotechnical innovation has greatly increased the demand for microbiologists in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of biologists and microbiologists are:

  • Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences
  • Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
  • Federal government
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • State government

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Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Microbiologists.

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