A career in the wild world of biology

Careers in biology can lead to challenging work, in interesting enviroments, all over the planet.

Careers in biology can lead to challenging work, in interesting enviroments, all over the planet.

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Careers in Biology

Biology is at the heart of some of the biggest challenges facing humanity and our planet. From improving human health to tackling climate change, enhancing agriculture to conserving the environment, biologists play an important role.

A Career In Biology

Pursuing a career in biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. Studying biology teaches you to ask questions, make detailed observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems.

Biologists learn:

Biologists study the evolution, natural history, and conservation of plants and animals; investigate the interactions of living organisms with light, the environment, or each other; and work to advance pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical research.

Studying biology can lead to a wide range of careers, from research to teaching, health care to policymaking.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory technician, dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE), pipetting samples of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, to undergo analysis in this laboratory. Credit: CDC

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory technician, dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE), pipetting samples of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, to undergo analysis in this laboratory. Credit: CDC

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Research Experiences for Undergraduate Programs

Experiencing research first-hand is an ideal way to evaluate and start a potential career in biology.

The National Science Foundation supports active research participation by undergraduate students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Program alumni report that the experience was instrumental to their careers. Students often receive housing and a stipend as a part of the program.