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What You Can Do with Your Degree

Samantha Eichelberger

COUNTLESS CAREER PATHS – Samantha Eichelberger, a 2013 graduate, is currently a laboratory technician and is also applying to veterinary school. “My schooling at IUP definitely helped to prepare me for my current job position, as well as for the continuation of my education into veterinary medicine,” she said.

From the Lab to the Wilds, Biology is a Gateway to Traditional and Nontraditional Careers

Your IUP Biology degree offers more career choices than you might expect. Search far and wide for opportunities in research, health care, environmental management and conservation, education, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, science museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers. The list is long for undergraduates. The possibilities increase should you pursue medical school or graduate studies. You will be well prepared for seeking employment in private companies, government agencies, not-for-profits, and educational institutions.

Careers

With a BS or BA in biology, your job choices are numerous and include:

  • Zoologists and wildlife biologists
  • Agricultural and food scientists
  • Biological technicians
  • Conservation scientists and foresters
  • Environmental scientists and specialists
  • Biochemists and biophysicists
  • Microbiologists
  • Biological science teachers, postsecondary
  • High school biology teachers
  • Natural science managers

Other Directions

By combining your biology background with other fields, there are opportunities in biotechnology, forensic science, politics and policy, business and industry, economics, mathematics, science writing and communication, and art.

To help students explore the many job choices in this field, retired professor Ray Winstead has compiled some additional information to help students learn more about biology careers and job searches.

Path to Higher Degrees

Expand your job choices and increase your salary potential by completing graduate studies.

  • MS in Biology
  • PhD in Biology
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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