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Biological Science

Biology graduates are employed in a broad variety of government and private sector positions including, but not limited to field positions (forest service, park service, fish and wildlife management, conservation, ecology), agriculture research or management, food manufacturing industries, waste management, environmental safety and testing, industrial quality control, pharmaceutical and immunochemical industries, biotechnology (genetic engineering, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology), health related research (cancer, infectious disease, genetics), health professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry, allied health, public health), and teaching at the secondary and college levels.

Educational Qualifications

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Students seeking employment in dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other medical fields must graduate from an accredited health professional school and complete any applicable internships/residencies.

Job Outlook

Employment of biological technicians is projected to increase 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Opportunities for those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in biological science are expected to be better. 

Entering Salary

The median annual wage of biological technicians was $39,020 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $62,890.

The median annual wage of biological technicians was $39,020 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $62,890.

 The median annual wage of environmental scientists and specialists was $61,700 in May 2011. The lowest 10% earned under $37,850 and the top 10% earned over $107,990.

 The median annual wage of environmental scientists and specialists was $61,700 in May 2011. The lowest 10% earned under $37,850 and the top 10% earned over $107,990.

 The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,040, and the top 10 percent earned more than $152,950. The median annual wage for statisticians was $75,560 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220 and the top 10 percent earned more than $121,890

The median annual wage of biophysicists was $79,390 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $142,420

 May 2012, median annual wages by career were as follows:

  • Biological Technicians $39,750
  • Forensic Science Technicians $52,840
  • Audiologists $69,720
  • Physicians and Surgeons and other specialties
    • Primary Care $220,942
    • Psychiatry $220,252
    • General Surgery $367,885

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Contact and Location

biology@lasierra.edu

951-785-2105
Price Science Complex, Room 201