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Biology is a program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($51K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Stanford University
Career with the highest median salary ($105K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Sales Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Biology majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
PhysiciansPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersElementary and Middle School S...DentistsRegistered NursesSpecialized Physical Scientist...Specialized Life ScientistsMedical and Clinical Laborator...PharmacistsMedical and Health Services Ma...Biological ScientistsSecondary School TeachersPhysician AssistantsVeterinariansPhysical TherapistsLawyers, and judges, magistrat...Education and childcare admini...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
050K100K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for biology changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in biology doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer the degree.
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How does the median (middle) salary for biology majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: biology majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inbiology by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in biology
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in biology. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 60% of biology majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of biology majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 93% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
40%68%67%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in biology
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Biology (which combines 4 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Physicians
  2. Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  5. Dentists
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Specialized Physical Scientists
  8. Specialized Life Scientists
  9. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  10. Pharmacists
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Careers for biology majors
Where do biology majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in biology
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by biology graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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PhysiciansPostsecondary Teache...Specialized ManagersElementary and Middl...DentistsRegistered NursesSpecialized Physical...Specialized Life Sci...Medical and Clinical...PharmacistsAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire biology majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire biology majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by biology majors.
BiologyAll other degreesBiological ScientistsBiological TechniciansChiropractorsPhysician AssistantsSpecialized Life Scientis...Medical and Clinical Labo...Specialized Life, Physica...Specialized Physical Scie...Natural Sciences ManagersPharmacistsAgricultural and food sci...Chemists and materials sc...Physical TherapistsEnvironmental Scientists ...Occupational Health and S...Specialized Healthcare Pr...AcupuncturistsGeoscientists and Hydrolo...Technical WritersPostsecondary TeachersMedical and Health Servic...Conservation scientists a...Nurse AnesthetistsAstronomers and physicist...Compliance OfficersBiomedical and agricultur...Nuclear medicine technolo...Industrial Production Man...Tour and travel guidesNurse Practitioners and N...Emergency Management Dire...Occupational TherapistsMathematical ScientistsBusiness Operations Speci...Environmental EngineersSpecialized Healthcare Di...Archivists, curators, and...Secondary School TeachersExercise Trainers and Gro...Radiation TherapistsCommunity and Social Serv...TutorsSpecialized Social Scient...Training and Development ...Dietitians and Nutritioni...Specialized Sales and Rel...Registered NursesSpecialized Teachers and ...AudiologistsSpecialized Media and Com...Entertainment and Recreat...Clinical and Counseling P...Education and childcare a...Atmospheric and Space Sci...Wholesale and Manufacturi...Detectives and Criminal I...Military officer special ...Specialized TherapistsSpecialized Educational I...Speech-Language Pathologi...Industrial and Health/Saf...First-Line Supervisors of...Specialized PsychologistsChemical EngineersTax PreparersSchool PsychologistsAccountants and AuditorsAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer biology degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Biological and Physical Sciences
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Biomedical Sciences
  4. Neuroscience
  5. Exercise Physiology
  6. Cellular and Molecular Biology
  7. Specialized Study in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  8. Biotechnology
  9. Microbiology
  10. Physiology
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Careers for biology majors
biology is part of a larger collection of programs: Biology. Is there a different program that's close to biology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in biology earned in the last academic year, 65% were women.
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Completions over time
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 63% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For biology graduates, men have a 17% higher median salary than women, This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all biology graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 52% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 41% of other programs.