Career Development


When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A./B.S. in Biology and  find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Biology major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Observing, collecting, and analyzing data
  • Concentration and focus
  • Conducting and explaining scientific research
  • Accuracy and detail
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Determination and self-direction
  • Collaboration
  • Operation of scientific equipment
  • Knowledge of basic scientific theories and practices
  • Reading, writing, and speaking about science
  • Sophisticated technologicaly skills


  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Aquatic Scientist
  • Audiologist
  • Bio-Engineer 
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Dentist 
  • Educator
  • Electron Microscopist
  • Environmental Protection Worker 
  • Food Scientist Technician
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Lab Technician
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nutritionist
  • Oceanographer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Research Technician / Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Technical Sales
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist


  • Research Institutions
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Biotech Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Scientific Publishers
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Hospitals
  • Foundations
  • Legal Institutions
  • Laboratories
  • Food and Beverage Companies
  • High-Tech Industrial Companies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - Interactive health careers site that explains the array of health professions Health Care Administration Careers - Amer Assoc for the Adv of Science - International Life Sciences Institute - Nat Assoc for Biomedical Research - World's largest biotechnology organization - The Biochemical Society - The American Institute of Biological Sciences: Careers in the Biological Sciences - National Science Foundation - National Academy of Sciences Pathways to Science - Becoming a Physician Assisant  - The New York Academy of Sciences - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. - Guide to science careers - Career planning resources for science, technology, mathematics, computing and healthcare - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - For job seekers in the life sciences - Science jobs and internships - Database of hundreds of science jobs - Life and physical science jobs - Science careers from the Journal of Science - Environmental Career Center, LLC - Environmental Jobs & Careers - Healthcare jobs - Jobs in Biotech, Healthcare, Science, and Pharmaceuticals - Pharmaceutical Online job search - Jobs in the medical field – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search

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Updated  8/15

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