What can I do with a degree in biology?

Many occupations require a knowledge of the sciences including strong background in biology, chemistry and good computer/math skills as well as a strong ability to communicate effectively. If you have a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) you can expect an entry-level job at the level of technician with advancement limited to lab manager positions. A graduate degree (M.A., M.Sc., M.B.A., Ph.D.) is required for higher paying supervisory jobs and tenured faculty positions.

Employers are looking for people who:

  • know how to operate scientific equipment
  • are able to handle and organize large amounts of information
  • have a practical knowledge of biology
  • are skilled in analytical and quantitative methods (computer spreadsheets and statistical programs)
  • have the ability to solve novel problems
  • are independent thinkers but also team players
  • show curiosity, creativity and technical skills

*CAREER PLANNING: It's never too early to start!

The Office of Career Services: 102 Muller Faculty Center

Contact us by phone 274-3365 or email at careers@ithaca.edu. We are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICCareerServices/ and you can follow us on Twitter:http://twitter.com/iccareers

The office plans many events throughout the school year and during the breaks to introduce you to possible employers. Take full advantage of "Career Days", "Network Nights", "Graduate School and Professional Fairs" and the "Career and Internship Connection" (see links below). The staff at Career Services are trained to help you define your career goals, write a resume and practice for job interviews.

CURRENT EVENTS are posted here.

Events typically include:

  • Job and Internship Fairs
  • Government and Non-profit Career Fair
  • Central New York Communications Consortium
  • Teacher Recruitment Days
  • ALANA Career Connections Panel
  • Test drive graduate school entrance exams -GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT - presented by Kaplan Test Prep

Current vacancies and opportunities are posted on the department's blog.

Link to Science Careers

Video of Ainsley Smith '08 working at her dream job after receiving a degree in the Biology Department.