One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Try searching by major (Biology) or by career field and see what some alumni Biology majors are doing. Here are examples of career destinations of alumni Biology majors:
Environmental Planner, Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott, and May Engineers Inc.
Immunology Research Assistant, AVI BioPharma
Middle School Youth Director, St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Teacher, Iolani School
Education Program Specialist, Tacoma Nature Center
Public Information Specialist, GeneReviews
Research Potential Careers
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you with the competitive edge when job searching. Career and Employment Services has numerous materials to help you in this process.
Check out some of the titles in the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101:
- Great Jobs for Biology Majors
- Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers
- Careers in Health care
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
- National Science Teacher Association
- National Biological Information Infrastructure
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviewing provides the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts:
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At CES we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities that have been listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn how internships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Targeted Genetics Corporation
Analytical Methods Intern
Tacoma General Hospital
Cardiac Rehabilitation Intern
Washington Academy of Family Physicians
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career and Employment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.