On this page you will find information about careers pursued by Biology majors, skills Biology majors develop and career-related Web sites relevant to the major. Visit the department page to learn more about the Biology program.

Careers

It is important to remember that your major does not determine what your career will be. With a liberal arts education, YOU, not your major, will determine your career path.

Example job titles of Dickinson alumni who majored in Biology include:

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Cancer Research Lab Manager
  • Entomologist
  • Marrow Donor Services Coordinator
  • Research Scientist

Career-Related Skills

Precision: Steady hands develop by doing dissections and handling equipment. Biology majors also develop an acute sense for detail.

Objectivity: Biology majors must check their hypotheses so that the results are accurate rather than reflections of their own ideas.

Analytic Thinking: The ability to analyze data is essential. Majors must synthesize information from texts and observations in order to solve problems.

Communication: Majors learn through numerous oral presentations and written reports, both featuring photographs and graphs of data, in order to communicate clearly to those not as well-versed in the topic. 

Persistence: Majors solve problems by collecting large amounts of data over a period of time.

Career-Related Web Sites

General Biology Career Sites

Biology World Wide Web Links - Offers links to environmental and biology career resources.  

Cell & Molecular Biology Online - An Informational Resource for Cell and Molecular Biologists

Careers in Biology - Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Education Council  

Fitzroy-Undergraduate Research in Biology - Listing of research projects completed by undergraduates. Includes links to the researchers.  

MedSearch America - (Health Career Search) Explore healthcare resources, including: articles on current healthcare issues, job Q & A, training/education information, or conduct your own career search.  

Monster Healthcare - Conduct a healthcare job search, research companies or post a resume for employers.  

Occupational Outlook for Biological and Medical Scientists

Science Professional Center - Conduct a job search, view employer profiles, career links, and information regarding upcoming career fairs.  

Biology Specialization Career Websites

American Society for Microbiology - Careers in the Microbiological Sciences

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

Careers at Seaworld and Busch Gardens Zoological Park

Careers in Biotechnology - Biotechnology Industry Organization

Careers in Botany - The Botanical Society of America

Careers in Forensic Science - American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Information about career opportunities for science majors and links to careers in the field.

Careers in Human Genetics

Careers in Genetics and the Biosciences

Careers in Genetic Counseling

A World of Genetics Societies

Careers in the Genetics Field

Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science & Marine Biology

Careers in Plant Pathology - The American Phytopathological Society Zoo & Aquarium Careers

The Humane Society of the United States

For additional career resources and links, please visit the Job Search Web Link page.