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The career outlook in the biological sciences is very strong. Biology majors that master concepts of biology, genetics, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, humanities, and social sciences are in high demand and well-prepared for graduate level studies in medical, dental, sports, or veterinary medicine. While there will always be a need for bright, energetic, and educated individuals with a strong understanding of biology, current job opportunities are on a significant growth path, particularly in the areas of microbiology and biotechnology.* 

Political and business leaders have begun to address the issue of creating more science and technology jobs in the United States to prevent them from being exported.* Also, the number of openings in federal government agencies charged with managing natural resources, such as the Interior and Agriculture Departments and the Environmental Protection Agency, are expected to grow, particularly as senior-level biologist and life scientists retire in the coming years. 

*For the current outlook, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2018, published every two years by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

*For more information see the 2018 report of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. You may also want to read Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a report presented by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2012. 


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