Biology Career Outlook
A program that explores the function, growth and development of living systems from human life to global climate. A degree in Biology prepares individuals for a variety of occupations as well as further study in a graduate or professional program. Saint Xavier University students may choose between a general biology track or a pre-health professions track including pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, and pre-veterinary.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a Biology major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a Biology major, students may develop or advance skills including problem solving, oral and written communication, critical thinking, technical knowledge, teamwork, and research interpretation.
Graduates with a degree in Biology can work as biological technicians, conservation scientists, environmental specialists, genetic counselors, medical or clinical laboratory technicians, nutritionists, physician assistants, microbiologists, teachers, epidemiologists, clinical research associates, foresters, soil and plant scientists, zoologists, and wildlife biologists.
Graduates with a degree in Biology can work within the following areas: research and development, healthcare, biomedical sciences, organismal and ecological biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, education, communication, and business.
Graduates with a degree in Biology can work for pharmaceutical or healthcare organizations, research institutions, public health departments, state and federal government agencies, universities, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health institutions, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, medical schools, large corporations, laboratories, veterinary hospitals, museums, wildlife preserves and parks, conservation agencies, botanical gardens, and arboretums.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and
or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student
organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please
note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Dolphin Research Center
- Argonne National Laboratory Internships
- American Medical Association in Chicago
- Brookfield Zoo
- Chicago Botanic Gardens
- Chicago Environmental Network
- Clarke Careers
- Field Museum Internships
- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
- IL Department of Natural Resources Internships
- IL State Police Forensic Science Unit
- Johnson & Johnson
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Morton Arboretum
- Science Careers
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- American Institute of Biological Sciences
- The American Physiological Society
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- American Society for Cell Biology
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
- American Society for Microbiology
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society at Saint Xavier University
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization
- Biotechnology Institute
- Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
- International Society for Computational Biology
- National Academies
- Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology