What Can I Do With My Biology Major?

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Biology

If you enjoy exploring the existence of life in all its’ forms, and discovering the structure, form and evolution of living things, then biology could be the perfect major for you.  Students who major in biology at NHTI gain a broad-based background in the biological sciences that provides preparation for a wide variety of science related careers in the medical and environmental fields, in the laboratory and more.

Biology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations.  STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time.  Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more, than their counterparts with similar levels of education.

Visit NHTI’s Biology Department for information on the associate degree and course offerings.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, advanced degrees, and hands on experience in the field.  Students can choose to head where the greatest concentration of biology majors are employed: health science, laboratory and field work, or secondary teaching.  Additional possibilities include research, business and industry (including sales), bioinformatics, energy and environmental fields, public health, government and college/university teaching.  Science writing and communication, plant biology, animal care and research, administration and management, legal, math/engineering and artistic paths are also considerations. A degree beyond the bachelors could include studies ranging from cell biology to field biology along with doctoral level studies.

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Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Biology theory & practical knowledge
  • Monitoring and recording
  • Information/data handling & organization
  • Statistical analysis
  • Critical reasoning, analytical and evaluation skills
  • Ability to handle and analyze complex data
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Independent worker
  • Operate scientific equipment

Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate degree...

Biological Technician/Technologist Aquarium and Museum Worker Coastal Research Worker
Research Assistant Educator, Science Center Pharmaceutical Sales Person
Lab Technician Lab Assistant Wildlife Resources Agent
Field Technician Grant Support Specialist Technician titles for OOH list below

These titles include positions that may require a bachelors’ degree and beyond…

Biological Scientist Forensic Scientists Ecologist
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Professionals Physiologist Educator, Secondary and post-secondary
Genetic Counselor Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist Medical Illustrator
Audiologist Food and Drug Inspector Aquaculture Farmer
Environmental Scientist Microbiologist Botanist
Physical Therapist Oceanographer Salt Marsh Manager
Agricultural and Food Scientist Biochemist and Biophysicist Ecologist
Technical Writer Environmental Health Specialist State Parks and Recreation
Fisheries Conservationist Toxicologist Genetic Engineering Research
Wildlife Biologist Health Officer Water Quality Technician
Marine Biologist    

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Sample Employers

Agricultural Industry Environmental/Pollution Control Pharmaceutical Companies
Biological Book/Journal Publishers Government Agencies Private Research Foundations
Biotechnology Firms Hospitals Public and Private Schools
Botanical Parks Laboratories Public Health Departments
Business and Industry Manufacturers Public Utilities
Clinics & Hospitals Medical Research Labs Sanitation Districts
Colleges & Universities Medical Schools Wildlife Preserves/Parks
Conservation Society Museums Zoos and Aquariums
Crime/Forensic Labs Foundations  

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Biology Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

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How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations and more.  You can use the links below to begin career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).

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Amy Liptak
Natural Sciences
Department Head

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aliptak@ccsnh.edu

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