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Overview of major
Potential job titles
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Biology majors
Where they got hired: Biology, Class of 2014  

Overview of major

The Biology major is designed to provide the depth, scope, and skills necessary for admission to graduate and professional schools or for the job market. After graduation, many Biology majors pursue more specialized study in medicine, nursing and biological studies. Others prepare for teaching careers by doing graduate work in biology, life sciences or biotechnology while others move directly into careers in research and development, pharmaceutical sales, public health or government.


Potential job titles

  • Research Lab Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • Technical Writer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Teacher
  • Lobbyist
  • Physical Therapy Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Research Analyst
  • Medical Technologist I
  • Management Trainee
  • Neonatology Research Assistant
  • Assistant Ophthalmology Technician
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Microbiology Research Assistant
  • Medical Service Officer
  • Veterinary Technician

Examples of internships

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Becton Dickinson
  • National Cancer Institute
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • CIGNA Corporation
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Veterans Administration
  • Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Possible career fields


  • Research & development
  • Laboratory testing
  • Teaching


  • Research & development
  • Genetic counseling


  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Production
  • Quality control

Mycology, systematic biology, entomology

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Field & laboratory
  • Consulting
  • Taxonomy
  • Toxicology
  • Control & survey
  • Extension
  • Inspection
  • Medicine

Marine & aquatic biology, zoology

  • Food
  • Research
  • Inspection
  • Teaching
  • Animal care/Training
  • Animal behavior
  • Research
  • Curator


  • Physiology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Immunology & pathology
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Quality control



Technical writing, illustration, photography

Technical & pharmaceutical sales


  • Lobbying
  • Patent & environmental law
  • Regulatory affairs

Possible work settings

  • Colleges
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Federal & state agencies & labs
  • Research labs
  • Hospitals
  • Consulting firms
  • Zoos & aquariums
  • Conservation agencies
  • Museums
  • Preserves & parks
  • Drug companies
  • Publishers
  • Newspapers & journals
  • Law firms
  • Government

Important skills and abilities

  • Problem solving
  • Team player
  • Teaching
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Detailed oriented
  • Research
  • Analytical
  • Work well under pressure
  • Customer service
  • Sales

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Biology Majors (SCI Category)
  • Forensic Science Careers (SCI Category)
  • Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine (SCI Category)
  • Opportunities in Dental Care Careers (SCI Category)
  • Pharma Landing (SCI Category)
  • Best 168 Medical Schools (Grad Section)
  • Medical School Admissions Requirements (Grad Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs: Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law & Social Work (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Biology majors

  • MD
  • Master of Public Health
  • PhD, Immunology
  • MS, Bioethics
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • MS, Pharmacology
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • MS, Marine Biology
  • Master in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Nursing
  • Applied Molecular Biology

Where they got hired: Biology, Class of 2014

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 89 percent of the Class of 2014 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2014 biology majors were hired or went on to graduate school:


Assumption Sisters - Associate Ministry of Assumption Volunteers
BASF - Research Assistant
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program - Case Manager (AmeriCorp)
Celgene - Research Assistant
Chesapeake Physical & Aquatic Therapy - Physical Therapy Technician
Emergency Medical Scribe Systems - Medical Scribe
Health Leads - Program Coordinator
Hospital for Special Surgery - Volunteer Research Assistant
Jefferson University of Philadelphia - Research Technician - Prostate Cancer
Johns Hopkins University - Lead Research Coordinator
Kennedy Krieger Institute - Clinical Assistant, Neurobehavioral Unit
Klamath Bird Observatory - Bird Monitor
L.F. Lambert Spawn Co. - Laboratory Assistant
Mercy Hospital - Medical Assistant
Mercy Medical Center - Medical Assistant
Montfort College - Teacher (2)
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Research Lab Assistant
New York Life and Securities - Financial Advisor 
Newcastle University - Personal Tutor for Combined Honours
Northeast Ambulance - Emergency Medical Technician
Oakland Spine and Rehabilitation Center - Financial Coordinator
Pet Valu - Sales Associate
Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore - Clinical Research Coordinator
Radnor Veterinary Hospital - Veterinary Assistant
Retina Group of Washington - Opthalmic Technician 
Saramen Chuuk Academy, Jesuit Volunteer Corps - Teacher 
Sports Center Physical Therapy - Physical Therapy Aide
St. Paul's Community Development Corps - Director of Healthcare and Education
Staten Island University Hospital - Medical Scribe
Supertooth Dental Group Dental Assistant
University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma - Patient Care
University of Maryland Medical Center, Midtown Campus - Office Assistant
Usurtts - Data Analyst
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research - Research Assistant
Women's Empowerment, Jesuit Volunteer Corps - Teacher Aid/Job Coach

Graduate/Professional Schools

Arcadia University - M.S., Forensic Science
Binghamton University - M.S., Biomedical Engineering
Boston University - Public Health
Boston University Dental School - Doctor of Dental Surgery
Hood College - M.S., Environmental Biology
Institution Not Reported - Degree of Medicine, Physician Assistant 
Jefferson Medical College - Degree Not Reported
Newcastle University - Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Institute of Cellular Medicine
Salus University - Physician Assistant
San Jose State University - Nutritional Science/Dietetics 
Temple University School of Medicine - M.D.
The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) - Master of Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine - Doctor of Dental Medicine
University of Delaware - M.S., Biology
University of Maryland School of Dentistry - Doctor of Dental Surgery
University of Maryland School of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Maryland, Baltimore - M.S., Critical Nurse Leader (CNL)
University of New England, College of Dental Medicine - Dental
University of Pennsylvania - Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University - M.S., Anatomy & Neurobiology

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