What will I do?
Biologists study life – human, animal, and bacteria- and their relationship to their environment.
Most biologists work for the government, universities, or in private industry.
Biology is also a good major to choose if you wish to go to nursing school or medical school.
What classes will I take?
You will take a lot of math and science classes, including science lab classes. You will probably need to take a lab class that involve animal dissection.
What skills do I need to start school?
You will need to be strong in math and science.
What are the next steps in a pathway?
After finishing your associate’s degree, you can apply to an RN program or transfer to a university to get a bachelor’s degree.
What can I do with an associate’s degree?
You may be able to find a job working as a lab assistant in a research lab at a university or in private industry.
Lab technicians set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes and test tubes. They might collect and prepare biological samples, such as blood, food, or bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis. They might conduct biological tests and experiments, analyze the results, and write reports on those findings.
What can I do with a bachelor’s degree?
Someone with a bachelor’s degree can work as a lab technician in research or in a lab. They might also work in education, pharmaceutical sales, or health care.
What are some challenges?
If you work in a lab, you may stand on your feet for long hours. You may find the job to be very repetitive, if you do the same things every day. You may work by yourself for long periods of time.
How easy will it be to get a job?
It depends on what job you want. Biological and laboratory technicians are growing fields.