Job opportunities for biology graduates are numerous, especially in the medical and technical fields.

Positions are available for laboratory and research assistants in universities, hospitals, and government and private laboratories immediately following graduation. Some biology graduates enter the teaching field at the elementary or secondary level. After attending graduate school in their chosen areas of specialization, other graduates pursue research and teaching careers at the college or university level.

Career opportunities following graduate or professional school include: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, biotechnology, microbiology, marine biology, botany, zoology, ecology, forestry, medical technology, and physical therapy.

Biology graduates are also capable of accepting responsibilities outside of their areas of specialization. A number of biology majors have entered professional schools of business, law, and other nonscientific disciplines.

Recent Graduates and their Current Occupation

Kimberly Wallace Ashby, Pharmacist, Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, VA

Robert Baines, Principal of Sovereign Environmental Group, Exton, Pa.

Joyce Foster Brooks, Commonwealth of Virginia Health Department, Richmond, VA

Jane L. Carter, Staff Scientist, USDA Forestry Service, Hamden, Conn.

Frank Ellis, Staff Scientist, EPA, Arlington, VA

Stephanie Kennedy Ellis, Parasitologist, National Institute of Health, Md.

Maureen Raynor Ensor, RN, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Jory C. Enzler, Clinical Research Associate, PPD, Durham, NC.

Mark Freeman, Dentist, Richmond, VA

Sara Hirsch, M.D./Ph.D. candidate, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

Janine LaSalle, Ph.D. in Immunology from Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis.

Michael T. Lewis, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Betty Berry Neikirk, Senior Laboratory Specialist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

Neal Norton, Assistant Professor, Creighton University.

Steve Ridout, Physician, Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA

Greg Stephens, Physician, Beaverdam, VA

Carey Willey, student, New England College of Optometry.

Jenn Winfree, RN, Cardiac ICU, University of Virginia Hospitals