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Biology

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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 2012 

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 2012

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 80 percent of the Class of 2012 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2012 biology majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

A&G Pharmaceutical – research associate
Center for Inherited Disease Research, Johns Hopkins Medicine – research technologist
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory – research technician
CoreLab Partners Inc – project coordinator
Crouse Medical Practice, LLC – medical assistant
Jesuit Volunteer Corps – Jesuit volunteer
Loyola University Maryland, Department of Biology – lab technician
Lung Center at Mercy Medical Center – medical assistant I
Magellan Group – associate
MEDITECH – pharmacy application specialist
Medstar Union Memorial Hospital – cardiovascular intern
Mount Sinai Hospital – clinical research coordinator
National Institutes of Health – post-baccalaureate researcher/trainee, post-baccalaureate research fellow
Notre Dame Missions Volunteer, AmeriCorps – science teacher
Noxilizer Inc. – microbiology technician
Precision Antibody – research associate
St. Luke's University Hospital and Health Network – patient care assistant
VIE Healthcare – marketing strategist

Graduate/Professional Schools

Brooklyn Law School – J.D.
Drexel University – Master of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing – B.S. in Nursing
Johns Hopkins University – Nursing
New York University School of Medicine – M.D.
Seton Hall University
SUNY Downstate Medical Center – Physician Assistant
Temple University – Epidemiology
The George Washington University – Master of Public Health
The University of Vermont – Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med
Thomas Jefferson University – Master of Public Health
University of Maryland – Nursing, Physical Therapy
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – M.S., Physician Assistant
University of North Carolina Greensboro – Post Baccalaureate - Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania – M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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