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What can I do with a degree in biology?

A degree in biology can be surprisingly versatile, allowing you to pursue a variety of career paths depending on your interests. Want to be a doctor? A bachelor's in pre-med biology could be a solid start. Want to study diseases and how to cure them? Maybe molecular biology is for you! Do you want to care for exotic animals and design happy homes for them in reserves and parks? Explore a future as a wildlife biologist. If you love domestic animals, perhaps you want to be a veterinarian. Do you feel strongly about the environment? Look into being an environmental biologist. Or maybe it's your dream to teach.

A bachelor's in biology can be a stepping stone to further academic specializing or provide opportunities for work within the field upon graduation. Careers in biology are growing, particularly in healthcare, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS (2013) reports, "Occupations and industries related to healthcare are projected to add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022. Total employment is projected to increase 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the decade." In other areas, the growth appears slower, but keep in mind that many highly specialized fields may have slower growth due to a lack of qualified candidates.

The visual below explores some possible opportunities for graduates of biology degree programs. Please check the infographic for a full list of sources.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Biology?
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