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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 2013  

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.

Resources

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

Biotechnology

  • Research & development
  • Laboratory testing
  • Teaching

Genetics

  • Research & development
  • Genetic counseling

Microbiology

  • 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

Biomedical

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

Bioinformatics

Education

Technical writing, illustration, photography

Technical & pharmaceutical sales

Legislation/law

  • 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 2013

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 85 percent of the Class of 2013 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2013 biology majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

A&G Pharmaceutical - research associate
Anderson Center for Autism - day rehabilitation instructor
BB&T - relationship banker
Brookdale Community College - learning assistant
Chester County Hospital - pharmacy technician
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - lab technician
Hafeez A Syed - medical secretary/ECG technician
INNOVO Specialty Compounding Solutions - lead laboratory technician of research and development department
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - research technologist
Maryhaven Center of Hope - direct support professional
Massachusetts General Hospital - research intern
Memorial Sloane Kettering - research assistant
Mercy Medical Center - certified medical assistant, medical assistant (2), rehab aide
National Institutes of Health - post-baccalaureate intramural research training award (IRTA) fellow
North Bethesda Medical Clinic - office administrator
RailWorks Corporation - payroll specialist
Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology - medical assistant
Teach for America - post-graduate service volunteer
Trilogy Essential Ingredients - compounding lab technician
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults - 4k fellow
University of Maryland School of Medicine - clinical laboratory technologist, research assistant
University of Pennsylvania - research specialist
Vector Marketing - sales representative

Graduate/Professional Schools

Boston University, School of Dental Medicine - Degree Not Reported
George Washington University, School of Health Medicine and Sciences - Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Hampton University - Physical Therapy
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Loyola University Maryland - Master of Arts in Teaching
New York Chiropractic College - Biology
New York Institute of Technology - Physician Assistant
New York Medical College - M.S., Physiology
New York University - M.S., Biology
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine - Doctor of Dental Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Rutgers University, Camden - Doctor of Physical Therapy
Stevenson University - Degree Not Reported
Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College - M.D.
University of Glasgow - Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Degree Not Reported
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- School of Dentistry
Wilkes University - Pharm.D.
Yale University - Degree Not Reported

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