Department of Biological Sciences

Careers Paths and Salaries

In a national survey conducted by Money magazine, “biologist” was rated No. 1 among 100 jobs compared based on seven key factors, including prestige, satisfaction, security, annual earnings, and projected growth rate. Careers in biology can contribute to improving human health, personal well-being, environmental protection, production of food supplies, or increasing basic human knowledge about the world. Biology majors can work in:

  • Research
  • Laboratories
  • Government (local, state, federal)
  • Teaching
  • Professional schools in medicine and healthcare

Mean Salaries in Biological Sciences

Degree Type Mean Salary (Starting Pay)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) $34,158
Master of Science (M.S.) $68,262

(Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Class of 2015)