Entry level biology jobs

An entry level biologist researches the basic principles of living organisms and their relationships with the environment. The understandings gained from the performed research can then lead to applications to products and processes; this is commonly referred to as applied biology. In order to get an entry level job as a biologist, you will be expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Early on in your career you will need to decide on the specialization that you would like to pursue, such as zoology, microbiology, botany, etc.

According to salary.com, the median expected entry level salary of a biologist is $45,876. At the beginning of your career as a biologist, you may consider working for a government agency such as the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, or Defense. Based on a BLS report, about 40% are employed by the above mentioned agencies. You can also consider entry level jobs in research and test laboratories, as well as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industries. As you progress in your career, you may choose to be part of a college faculty, while continuing your research in parallel.

The job outlook for biology scientists is very good with an expected growth of 21%, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS. This is very encouraging especially in the state of the current economy. The job prospects for entry level biologists are going to be particularly good in nonscientist jobs that are related to biology from sales, marketing to research management. With this in mind, being flexible and open to new possibilities in terms of your entry level biology job may pay off very well and lead you to unexpected career opportunities.