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What Can I do With a Degree in Biology?

Interested in the medical field? Please visit this page of resources focusing on Pre-Health.

PSU2 is designed to set Biology majors on paths of early exploration and preparation for successful careers in STEM fields.

Also see What Can I do with a Degree in Health Studies.

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Ideas for Careers and/or Places of Employment 

List of Employers who Posted Jobs in Handshake for Biology Majors

Biology majors may find employment in a variety of areas depending on their skills and experience. Career-related internships or career-related part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested biology majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for biology majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Biology Majors

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in biology. 

Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Dentists
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Physical Scientists
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Biological Scientists
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Veterinarians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Management Analysts
  • Education Administrators
  • Optometrists
  • Chiropractors
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Software Developers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Counselors
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Financial Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Biological Technicians
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Writers and Authors
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Editors
  • Librarians
  • Database Administrators
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Architects
  • Agricultural and Food Scientists
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Technical Writers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Web Developers
  • Judicial Law Clerks
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Biomedical and Agricultural Engineers

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Additional Ideas Generated from Keyword Searches

This list of employers and job titles was generated from a variety of sources (Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, and idealist.org) using these search terms: biology, biologist, microbiologist, ecology, ecologist, science, sustainability.

This list does not represent all the jobs biology majors can do; it is designed to be used as a starting point for considering possible employers and careers.

  • Abbott Laboratories —  Senior Research Associate
  • Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure — Wetland Scientist
  • American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter —  HLA Supervisor
  • BergerABAM — Entry-Level Environmental Planner Scientist
  • Church & Dwight — Microbiologist
  • City of Beaverton —  Program Coordinator-Sustainability
  • Clean Water Services —  Water Resources Analyst
  • Conservation Services Group —  Energy Advisor
  • DeVry University —  Microbiology General Education Faculty
  • Ever Fresh Fruit — Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Fujimi Corporation —  Quality Control Technician 
  • Genentech —  QA Specialist II
  • Medtronic —  Clinical Specialist
  • Molecular Vision Laboratory — Clinical Laboratory Research Associate/Assistant
  • North Santiam Watershed Council — Santiam Restoration Project Technician
  • OHSU Clinical Translational Research Institute — Community Liaison/Research Assistant 2
  • OHSU Department of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety ¬ Safety Specialist 1
  • OHSU Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics —Mouse Tech/Research Assistant 2
  • OHSU Department of Pediatric Neuroscience – Lab Tech/Research Assistant 2
  • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute —Cytogenetics Technologist
  • OHSU Rural and Public Health Department —Research Liaison - Campus Assistant/Research Assistant 2
  • Olympus — Sales Representative, Microscopes
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife — Natural Resource Specialist
  • Oregon Department of State Police, Forensic Services Division, Portland Laboratory — Laboratory Technician 2 (Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) Tech)
  • Oregon National Primate Research Center —Research Assistant 2, Veterinary Research Health Technician 1; Behavioral Technician (Research Assistant 2)
  • Pacific University —  Biology Laboratory Coordinator
  • PeaceHealth —  Client Relations Specialist
  • Portland VA Research Foundation — Research Assistant II
  • Providence Portland Medical Center—Research Associate 1, 
  • Public Health Division, Department of Human Services, State of Oregon —  Medical Laboratory Technician 1, Microbiologist 2, Microbiologist 3
  • Schrödinger  Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Shriners Hospital for Children — Research Assistant II — Mouse Genetics
  • SWCA Environmental Consultants — Wetland Scientist
  • Tetra Tech —  Wildlife Field Biologist
  • The Great Basin Institute — Ecological Field Monitoring Technician
  • VCA/Antech, Inc. —  Laboratory Technician
  • Veterans Health Administration —  Health Science Specialist, Biological Science Laboratory Technician
  • Water Bureau, City of Portland —  Laboratory Analyst
  • Water Department, City of Hillsboro —  Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician
  • Weyerhaeuser — Seedling Nursery Production Grower
  • Wild Salmon Center —  Salmon Management Specialist
  • Wilson Construction Company — Environmental Specialist
  • Xerces Society — Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist
  • ZRT Laboratory —  Laboratory Scientist

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Links to Government Job Classifications

State of Oregon Classification Specifications. Describes duties and responsibilities for a variety of jobs with the state.   Sample job titles:

City of Portland Classification Specifications. Describes duties and responsibilities for a variety of jobs with the city. Sample job titles:

Multnomah County Classification Specifications. Describes essential duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities; minimum qualifications, experience/training.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Park Ranger
  • Conservation Officer
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Safety Manager
  • State Park Resource Ecologist
  • Desert Ecologist
  • Zoo Biologist
  • Habitat Designer
  • Molecular Endocrinologist

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Professional Associations

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Sites with Career-Related Information for Biology Majors

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Sites with Job Search Information for Biology Majors

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Department of Biology — Portland State University

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