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What does a biology major do?

Your interest in biology and the life sciences can come from several directions.

  • Perhaps your primary interest is in one or more of the many human health career areas like medicine, medical technology, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, or any of the new "assistant" health careers in dentistry or medicine or therapy.
  • On the other hand, you may be an outdoor person, interested in jobs involving animals or plants, ecology, fish or wildlife management, natural history, pollution, or environmental science.
  • You might also be fascinated by a teaching career or biological research in any area: health, genetics, or ecology.
  • Maybe you're not sure, but just know that biology is an area you are very interested in.

This page has many links to web sites with career information. Many sites change addresses - if you run across a bad link, please contact the webmaster (bottom of page) with the information. Each link opens in a new browser window.

Don't forget to check PSU's Career Services for related information. Stop by their office in Horace Mann for all kinds of help.


General places to start learning about careers in biology


Health and Laboratory Sciences - on-line career information

Many students are interested in "health" careers. From being a doctor to a physical therapist to a medical laboratory worker, the career opportunities are many and varied.

The links provided serve as a good introduction to the range of health career opportunities possible and the types of training needed. Also try the major search engines for more information.

To help your search, think of the health career opportunities in terms of primary care by the "medical" doctor with support from the "allied health" professions, including professional health providers such as physical therapists and medical and laboratory support professional staff such as dental hygienists, phlebotomists, and respiratory therapists. The distinctions are based on educational and professional requirements as much as anything else.

Many of these allied health careers do not need four year of college and training is available at 2-year institutions or 4-year colleges with 2-year programs.


Field Biology, Environment, and Conservation

General environmental job links

Summer jobs/volunteering/internships

Marine and Animal Sciences


General On-line Job Information