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Investigate Careers - Biology 


Typical interests and values of biology majors
  • Curiosity
  • Concern for the environment
  • Desire for intellectual growth
  • Interest in living organisms
  • Patience
  • Precision and attention to details

Knowledge gained from studying biology

Biology majors gain knowledge in four broad areas: investigation, research, quantitative, and analysis. Through investigation, students learn to identify problems, catalogue information, assess risks, and inspect specimens. Researchers then define problems, design experiments, and conduct studies. Then the data must be quantified, used to predict outcomes, determine probabilities, and create reports. Finally, data is analyzed through logical reasoning, evaluating the effects of particular phenomena, and making projections based on the collected data.

Skills gained from a biology major  
  • work well independently and on a team
  • operate scientific equipment
  • research, analyze, and organize information
  • be accurate and precise
  • make critical observations
  • solve problems
  • use oral and written communication skills

What are biology graduates doing?

Many biologists work in a laboratory or in the field. Common employers include aquariums, biological testing companies, hopsitals, national and state parks, universities, pharmaceutical companies, research firms and zoos. Read about the career paths of some UW- Eau Claire biology graduates in Blugold Success Stories.

Entry-level positions reported by recent graduates:

Sample Management Specialist, Biotest Laboratories
Recreation Specialist, City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation
Jr. Scientist, Fairview
Rehab Technician, Mayo Clinic Health System
Research Technologist, Medical College of Wisconsin
Research Assistant, Murray State University
Quality Specialist, Nestle
Lab Analyst, Pace Analytical
Clinical Lab Technician, Prevention Genetics
Secondary Bio Teacher, Teach for America/Mississippi School District
Sturgeon Technician, Wisconsin DNR

The Biology Department has additional information about career options.
 

Research job titles and descriptions on credible websites

Visit the Health Careers Center

Visit Career Services

 
  • Schedule an appointment to discuss career options in biology with a career advisor by calling 715-836-5358.

Conduct Informational Interviews


After researching some of these jobs online or in the Career Discovery Center, begin informational interviewing. The Blugold Success Stories site is a great way to find contacts to with whom you can conduct informational interviews.

Learn More

Professional associations provide some excellent career exploration resources

Explore Health Careers is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/index.aspx