What can I do with a biology degree? 26 replies

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#1 13 years ago

For years I've been planning on veterinary medicine. Probably since late Junior High or early High School. Up until a week ago, actually, I was working hard on getting into veterinary school.

Then I was watching TV one night - a program called "Miracle Planet" - about the beginning of life on Earth. This scientist went to a huge salt lake and discovered billion year old bacteria locked within droplets of water between the ice crystals. He cultered the bacteria, and the spores began to come alive! It hit me that if I were a veterinarian, I wouldn't have the opportunity to do anything neat like that. I wouldn't get to cure a disease, or discovered anything new. I'd just be sitting there giving dogs shots and anal probes and stuff like that.

So I decided that I'd been clinging to veterinary medicine just to prove to other people that I could do it. Well, I'm certain I can do it. I just don't think I want to now. Which leaves me with a big question. What now? I'm certain I want to stay in the field of biology, but I don't know exactly what I want to do with myself.

I've been considering forensics, microbiology, or perhaps entomology, but from what I hear most forensic scientists are also police officers, and that wasn't really something I wanted to to. And the job opportunities for entomologists are somewhat... limited. So therefor comes the question: What can I do with a biology degree? What's available to me? Yes, I am looking this up on my own as well - it's a serious question and I'm giving it serious thought - but I figured I might as well let you guys give me some advice too, if you so chose ;).




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#2 13 years ago

Become a marine animal trainer.. dolphins! You know you want too ;)

Thats what i would do if i had a degree in that field, but i dont. also, i heard from former and upcoming trainers that the pay sucks rather badly.




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#3 13 years ago

I have always liked dolphins, but being an animal trainer would be somewhat... below my potential, if you take my meaning. Not to say it's a demeaning job or anything, but it doesn't really take the detailed knoweldge I'm looking to gain. I'd rather do something a little more technical. Don't want all this genetics and microbiology to go to waste ;)




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#4 13 years ago
Inyri ForgeI have always liked dolphins, but being an animal trainer would be somewhat... below my potential, if you take my meaning. Not to say it's a demeaning job or anything, but it doesn't really take the detailed knoweldge I'm looking to gain. I'd rather do something a little more technical. Don't want all this genetics and microbiology to go to waste ;)

I hear that, most of a trainers duties are not really interesting from a intellectual point of view. Hauling fish and everything.. :uhoh:

There are so many things you can do with a bio degree, i dont know where to begin :confused:




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#5 13 years ago

I don't either. Therein lies the problem :lol:




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#6 13 years ago

My sister had one of those...then got a job as plant technican at Shell oill.. She pulls in about 5000 to 6000 a month...and has bought two houses and gives away furniture like it just went out style and wants to go Denver Colorado...




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#7 13 years ago

Unfortunately I've developed a severe dislike for plants. I'm being nice, because I don't want them to hate me... (I hate botany! :evilgrin:)




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#8 13 years ago

:rofl: No...I meant chemical plant....totally righteous...




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#9 13 years ago

Good, as long as it's not real plants! They scare me now. Resin ducts, phloem... it's enough to drive a girl mad! So, cross anything having to do with plants off of my "potential career" list.




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#10 13 years ago

ermm. you could get a teaching degree and teach biology at a school :rofl: ermm. you could probably get some job with a genetics research place.... on mars! just don't make any demons come through a portal when you unlock the last 10% of the human genome