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The Hope Biology department has produced successful biologists who are now engaged in careers ranging from the biomedical sciences to forestry, from dentistry to dolphin training, and agricultural pest management to pharmaceutical development...and much more!
What do biologists do?
Biologists want to know how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. An interest in biology may lead you to insights into how the natural world works and to careers where you can:
Biology has come a long way already: deadly diseases have been eradicated, much of the environment has been protected, and our quality of life has been improved. And yet there is still much to be learned and achieved. New species are being discovered each day, and the tree of life keeps evolving. New uses for what we already know are constantly being found.
Today's students will be essential in identifying and solving current and future biological problems. You can't predict what discoveries you will make when you become a professional scientist, but it is a safe bet that you will learn something new.
Research: Research biologists answer questions about the natural world and how living systems work. Many carry out research in exotic locations around the world.
Health care: Doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals all have strong backgrounds in biology. In addition, a career in health care may lead you to:
Environmental management and conservation: Biologists in management and conservation careers work toward solving environmental problems and preserving the natural world for future generations.
Education: Science educators enjoy working with people and encouraging them to learn new things. They may teach biology classes or direct research and educational programs in settings such as:
New directions in biological careers
What can I do to prepare for a career in biology?
What is the job outlook for the future?
The job outlook in biology is promising for the next few years--job growth is expected in a number of areas, particularly in biotechnology and molecular biology. Research jobs may have a strong future impact as well:
Many non-research careers await biologists as well, in fields ranging from medicine to education to environmental protection. There will always be a need for bright, energetic, and educated individuals with a strong understanding of biology, but opportunities may vary depending on the status of local and national economies.
I'm interested in a career in biology! Where do I start looking?
AIBS members societies and organizations are an excellent place to search for jobs and other career-related resources. For more information, in addition to a list indicating which organizations post career information, jobs and internships, and graduate fellowships, visit our Careers in Biology web site.
We believe that students learn best by doing biology so it is equally important that we provide new and interesting ways for you to do exactly that. The programs below are only available at Hope College, so you won't find these anywhere else.
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