Careers for Biological sciences majors (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry)

Many undergraduate science students are unsure of the career opportunities available with a Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry degree.

The biological sciences are generally the choice “foundation” degree for a career in healthcare such a physician or physician’s assistant, dentist, veterinarian, however, these professions will require a high level of preparation and many, many years to complete.

A Bachelor’s degree is likely to lead to the following careers:

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Technician
  • Technologist
  • Research Assistant in education, industry, government, museums, parks and gardens
  • Non-technical work in writing or illustration
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Photography
  • Legislation

Advanced degrees provide the opportunity to specialize in fields of interest.

A Master’s degree allow for more career opportunities in research and administration.  Some community colleges will hire Master’s level teachers.

A Doctoral degree is needed for advanced research and administrative positions, university level teaching and independent research.

If you need more assistance with your career options, please visit the UTSA Career Center located at UC 2.02.04, or schedule an appointment with your Career Counselor, Tara Ryan, through your Handshake account.

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By Tara Ryan
Tara Ryan Career Counselor, College of Sciences Tara Ryan