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Careers with a Biology degree

There are many career options to pursue if you have a Biology degree. We list some of them here, as well as different sectors you could work for.

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  1. What can you do with a Biology degree?

  2. Career options

  3. Who employs Biology graduates?

What can you do with a degree in Biology?

A Biology degree will give you the necessary skills for a career in a science- or health-related field. You’ll know how to study living organisms, understand different living processes and may even be able to diagnose and treat diseases. This could see you working in a range of environments, from hospitals to environmental agencies.

You’ll also have extensive research and data handling skills, making you attractive to employers across various other sectors and industries. This includes civil service, business, finance, logistics, sales, product development or marketing.

Many graduates go on to postgraduate study and further research.

Career options

Biology graduates go into careers like:

  • Biologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Lecturer or teacher
  • Marine biologist
  • Medical representative
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Soil specialist
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Water conservation officer

Other potential opportunities include:

  • Accountant
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Genetic counsellor
  • HR officer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Science writer or journalist
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zoologist

Who employs Biology graduates?

Examples of employers looking for graduates with Biology skills:

  • NHS
  • Private hospitals
  • Public Health England
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Health or environmental charities
  • Consultancies
  • Charities
  • Schools and colleges
  • Science museums

If you go into research, typical employers include:

  • Universities
  • Clinical research institutes
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Charities

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