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A good number of students commit to scientific careers, in areas as diverse as agriculture, animal health consumer goods, conservation, epidemiology, food and informatics.

However, many decide to look at jobs outside of science and enter a diverse range of roles ranging from law, finance, public relations, teaching and charity work.

Biologists are found to be working in a variety of industries and sectors. In order to pursue some careers you may have to undertake further study and develop specialist skills and knowledge.


What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, your biology degree and extracurricular activity equips you with key skills sought by employers in all sectors and industries.

Here are just a few of the skills you will develop on your course:

  • written and verbal
  • research
  • data analysis and interpretation
  • problem-solving
  • time and personal management
  • presentation
  • data handling
  • statistics and project management

What are my career options?

Here are a selection of the type of roles and organisations biology graduates have undertaken.

Job roles

  • Area retail manager
  • Data engineer
  • Graduate analyst
  • Graduate trainee
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Research assistant
  • Veterinary assistant


  • Abcam
  • Aldi
  • Eurofins
  • Kubrick Group
  • Local Government
  • MediVet
  • Quality Care Commission
  • Reef Doctor

What are my further study options?

A wide range of postgraduate degree programmes have been undertaken by recent students such as

  • Graduate entry to nursing
  • Graduate entry to medicine
  • Global development
  • Ecological applications
  • Parasitology
  • Cancer immunology and biotechnology
  • Molecular biology
  • PGCE

PhDs undertaken included:

  • Microbiology
  • BBSRC doctoral training programme
  • Developmental biology
  • Biomedical sciences

How can I use LinkedIn?

Graduate destinations such as those noted above do not necessarily provide a complete picture of what students go on to do with their lives and careers.

LinkedIn can be very useful to track how careers have developed over time. You can also find out where former students work, what they do and how they got there. This information can be useful to
you when making decisions about your career, networking and taking the important next step after graduation.

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