Careers in Biology
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Careers in Biology
Graduates of the biology program at Florida Tech are ready for entry-level careers in biology in a variety of industries. A Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida Tech prepares graduates to explore the mysteries of human evolution and study the complexities of living systems in numerous careers in biology.
Biology graduates work in both commercial enterprises and government agencies, often doing scientific research and analysis related to conservation and health. Biological science graduates often find their first jobs at research-based non-governmental organizations, zoos and aquariums, state and federal agencies, and schools, museums and other educational nonprofits.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions, and job outlook, among other things. According to the bureau, job growth for biological scientists is expected to grow more than 20% through 2018.
Careers in biology are as varied as they are challenging. Some include:
- Agricultural and Food Scientist
- Biochemists and Biophysicist
- Biological Engineer & Technician
- Chemist and Materials Scientist
- Dentist & Orthodontist
- Environmental Scientist and Specialist, Including Health
- Food Scientist
- Geoscientist & Hydrologist
- Health Educator & Healthcare Social Worker
- Marine Biologist
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Scientist
- Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
- Physician and Surgeon
- Physical Therapist
Entry Level Salary Expectations
Entry-level careers in biology are reported by PayScale.com to have salaries of $39,100 with further earning potential to grow to $72,200. Other careers in biology also provide good salary potential such as:
Agricultural and food scientist: $44,000 - $81,100
Biochemist: $43,200 - $88,500
Oceanographer: $44,900 - $82,500
Environmental scientist: $47,900 - $89,700
Marine Biologist: $40,100 - $72,200
Florida Tech graduates with a degree in Biological Sciences are ready to excel in any of the many choices among careers in biology.
Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates
Employers that have recruited Florida Tech grads for internships and careers in biology are many. Some include:
- Andean Biodiversity Consortium
- Baltimore Aquarium
- Brevard Zoo
- EPCOT Center
- Florida Medical Entomology Lab
- The Perry Institute for Marine Science
- Sea World Florida
- Shedd Aquarium
Graduate & Doctoral Programs
Careers in biology are built on the foundation of a biology degree alone or in combination with graduate studies. In fact, biology degree graduates have gone on to pursue master's and doctoral degrees not only at Florida Tech but at many other institutions as well, including:
- Boston University
- Florida State University
- Howard University
- SUNY Syracuse
- University of Maryland
- University of Miami
- Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Master's and Doctoral Degrees
- Dartmouth College
- Duke University
- Emory University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Texas A&M
- UC Davis
- University of Hawaii
- University of North Carolina