What can I do with my biology degree?

Biology degrees offer a solid route for graduates into many scientific positions. A fifth of the UK workforce (5.8 million people) work in science-based occupations and many of those will have a chemistry degree.

A biology degree will have given you a range of subject-specific, vocational skills as well as a number of transferable skills which are valued by a number of employers. Where your degree can offer you a career working in science, the skills learned means that your future doesn’t have to be lab-based.

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Average starting salary: £23,095

Graduate statistics:
  • Almost half of biology graduates are in full-time employment six months after graduating.
  • 13% go into professional or technical jobs and 8% enter into scientific research, analysis and development.
  • Over a quarter of biology graduates go on to further study 8% combining work with study.

What jobs can I get with a biology degree?

The skills gained from a biology degree are perfect preparation for a career in the science and health sectors. A wide range of employers are looking to recruit graduates for biology-related jobs including universities, research organisations, pharmaceutical companies, the NHS and outreach organisations.

Jobs directly related to a biology degree include:
  • Biologist
  • University lecturer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Geneticist
What other jobs can I do?

Graduates in biology do not just go into lab-based careers with many pursuing opportunities in business, finance, education, sales and marketing to name a few.

Positions that your degree would be useful in include:
  • Science writer
  • Dentist
  • General practice doctor (GP)
  • Accountant
What skills do you gain from a biology degree?

A biology degree will provide you with a number of skills that can be applied to different jobs, as well as specific scientific skills. During your degree, you can expect to work on your report writing, communication, problem-solving and time management skills.

Some skills you may gain from a biology degree include: What industries can I work in?

Biology graduates typically go on to work in the following industries:
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Scientific research
  • Medical
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Public sector

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