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What Kind of Job Can I Get With a Minor in Biology?


A field like biology may not seem as practical or career-oriented as engineering or education. However, a major or minor in biology is a solid foundation upon which many successful careers can be built. Even if you feel that your education was overly theoretical, employers can readily train you with the necessary skills as long as they can recognize the integrity of your formal education.

Organic Agriculture

From the supermarket to the farm to the laboratory, organic agriculture is growing--organic production experienced a five-fold increase between 1995 and 2008. A number of labs, soil service companies and research organizations are focusing their attention of the countless biological relationships that exist in the soil. Even major universities are sponsoring and undertaking research on the organisms that exist in the soil and how they affect the growth and health of plants. A formal education in biology provides the tools that would allow you to effectively function as a researcher, lab technician or sales consultant for organizations involved in organic agriculture.

Medicine and Nutrition

Science is constantly learning more about the critical role that microbiology plays in the human body. It is not news to anyone that certain microorganisms can make us sick, but there is a growing awareness of the ways that other microorganisms help us to stay healthy. Some nutritional advocacy and research groups focus their attention on the microbiological life in the intestinal tract--and there is much to be learned. Anyone with a formal education in biology would be a valuable asset to these groups, which require writers, researchers and technicians.

Science Writing and Editing

If you are skilled or educated in grammar, writing or journalism, your knowledge of biology opens up the possibility of numerous jobs related to scientific editing or writing. Medical, pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies publish large amounts of research and marketing material. This material, though, is often written by people who have little expertise with the English language. Such companies need these publications to be refined by editors, writers or re-writers who are familiar with the concepts and terminology of the life sciences.

About the Author

Joseph West has been writing about engineering, agriculture and religion since 2006. He is actively involved in the science and practice of sustainable agriculture and now writes primarily on these topics. He completed his copy-editing certificate in 2009 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California-San Diego.

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