The Best Entry-Level Jobs for Biology Majors
For high school students who love learning about and interacting with the natural world, getting a bachelor’s degree in Biology can be an exciting choice. Whether you want to be a biology teacher, a laboratory technician, an environmental scientist, or a biotech research assistant, being a Biology graduate can lead to numerous career paths.
Many biology-related jobs require a master’s degree or doctorate, but for students who aren’t interested in further schooling — or for students who would like to take time off after finishing their undergraduate degree before heading into graduate school — there are still plenty of great entry-level biology jobs available.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for someone with a biology degree is $65,000.
Here’s a look at the best full-time entry-level jobs for Biology majors available right now.
Entry-level microbiology positions exist across a wide range of industries including government agencies, health care, agriculture, medical manufacturing, and more. For college graduates just starting out, a job as a microbiologist will often involve gathering field samples, lab work and sample testing, instrument calibration, recording of data, and the like. The average salary for a microbiologist is just under $68,000 according to Indeed.
Working as a lab tech involves checking equipment and calibrating instruments, gathering samples, preparing samples for analysis, conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and other tests, ensuring quality control, and a whole lot more. Lab technicians can also work in a wide range of industries including healthcare, environmental science, defense, public health, and more.
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
According to Indeed, the base salary for a pharmaceutical sales rep in the United States is just under $70,000, with another $20,000 — on average — gained in commission. Biology majors can have considerable success in pharmaceutical sales because they can talk intelligently with pharmacists and doctors about research, different drugs’ effects on the human body, and more.
A food scientist has a lot of options regarding what type of food or beverage they work with. Options include working with dairy, wine, beer, and bread. For biology grads who enjoy the science of food, being a food scientist can be a rewarding career. Even better, entry-level jobs in food science start at over $48,000 a year.
While many research scientist positions require a graduate degree, some only require a bachelor’s degree and a good amount of laboratory experience. If you receive your Biology degree from a program like William Peace University’s, then, you’ll be qualified. Research scientists conduct lab-based trials and experiments that span fields as different from one another as computer science, medicine, environmental science, veterinary science, and ecology. The starting average salary for an entry-level research assistant job in the U.S. according to Indeed is over $67,000.
So there you have it, a handful of entry-level biology jobs that recent biology grads can apply for and get. No matter what your eventual career goals are, rest assured that majoring in biology and going to an accredited and reputable school like WPU will prepare you well for the job market. If you’d like to learn more about our Biology Degree program, reach out to one of our admissions counselors today.