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Biology can open the doors to multiple careers at multiple levels. Performing research in a laboratory, working in a hospital helping to diagnose and treat illnesses, or advising the government on policy to drive change: these are just some of the paths open to biology students.
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What workplace skills does biology develop?

Analysis: Students need analysis in any job which requires you to process information. GPs and vets analyse their knowledge of medicine along with the symptoms they observe in the patient in front of them in order to reach a conclusion about their medical condition.

Curiosity: Engineers must always be searching for new solutions to the technical challenges they face to improve their efficiency and overcome new and seemingly impossible obstacles. Teachers must explore new approaches to adapt to different students’ needs and constantly improve their teaching.

And one you might not have thought of...

Drawing: As well as the obvious – such as illustrators, graphic designers and animators – many other jobs benefit from good drawing skills. Any role which requires students to present their findings or plans through diagrams benefits from good drawing skills.

What jobs can you get with biology? 

Ecologists study the relationship between living things and the environment they live in. Apply for a degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, zoology; or apply for the ecologist degree apprenticeship.

Environment officers make sure organisations are sticking to environmental protection standards. Apply for a degree in biology, environmental science, physical geography or similar.

Epidemiologists study how and why diseases occur in
different groups of people. Apply for a degree in biology, biological science, molecular biology, microbiology, medicine or similar.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a biology career include: arborist, dental nurse, healthcare science associate, nurse, beautician, food and drink engineer, marine scientist and podiatrist.

University

Biology graduates pursue careers in a variety of professional fields, including finance, public relations, marketing and technical roles. Of all biology graduates in 2017, 8.5% remained in science, with job titles such as environmental officer, medicine researcher and laboratory technical analyst.

What did biology do for them?

"My role as a horticultural advisor for the RHS regularly calls on my scientific knowledge. For instance I recently explained ‘thigmomorphogenesis’ to an RHS member (that’s how the mechanical effects of wind, rain and other external factors can positively influence the way a plant grows [outside], compared to when a plant is grown in a greenhouse).
—Andrew, horticultural advisor

"What I learn in my degree apprenticeship coursework helps me in my role. Learning about cell lines in detail, from their culture and subculture routine, structure and function, origins, receptors and growth curve wasn’t a necessity for my role, but has helped hugely when trying to understand the science behind each process."
—Nathan, biotechnologist apprentice
"The core principles I learned in biology A-level improved my knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, which was required in my training. When I’m working in the hospital, I need to be able to look at all parts of the human body, and know all the different organs, bones and systems."
—Michelle, therapeutic radiographer 
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Success at School Team

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