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Professor John Beardall Head, School of Biological Sciences Careers and Research in Biological Sciences These studies may involve looking at genes and molecules in the lab, investigating plants and animals in rainforest, or the way that food chains work in the oceans. What do biologists do?

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professor john beardall head school of biological sciences

Professor John BeardallHead, School of Biological Sciences

Careers and Research in Biological Sciences

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These studies may involve looking at genes and molecules in the lab, investigating plants and animals in rainforest, or the way that food chains work in the oceans.

What do biologists do?

Biologists study how living things work, how they interact with one another and their environment, and how they evolve.

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Biologists increase our understanding about the natural world in which we live – in so doing they address issues of global concern, such as environmental degradation and global climate change, human health, maintaining viable and abundant food supplies and conservation of endangered species.
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What does ‘biology’ cover??

  • Zoology (the study of animals), botany (plants), genetics, environmental science, ecology, developmental biology, biotechnology, marine biology

(not human biology, microbiology, anatomy, medicine, pharmacy etc)

how does it all work
How does it all work??

BSc (3 years)

All classes, small research projects

Good grades? Want to do research? BSc Hons

Some classes, big research project

(MSc, similar to Hons but project bigger)

Good Hons/MSc marks? Want to do research? PhD

All research, some teaching

Want to be a lecturer? Do full time research? Post-doc

All research

transferable skills
Transferable skills

Communication (written and oral)

Team work

Organisation and time management

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CAREER PATHS

Overview

Some biographies

a short a z of careers in biology
A short A-Z of careers in Biology

Animal technician

Biochemist

Biologist

Biotechnologist

Botanist Curator

Ecologist/marine/ wildlife/ecosystems

Environmental

(health or policy)

scientist

Genetic engineer

Horticulturalist

Hospital scientist

Laboratory technician

Marine biologist

Medical scientist/ researcher

Molecular biologist

Oceanographer

Palaeontologist

Park ranger

Patent attorney

Pharmaceutical representative

Reproductive

biologist

Research fellow

Research scientist

Science journalist

Science teacher

Scientific sales representative

Technical officer

Zoologist

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Conservation work

Teaching

BSc in Biology

Science Communication

Environmental law

Other degrees

Non-biology related work

BSc Honours

Local and Central Government

Consultancy

Industry Research

PhD

University Teaching

University Research

University Lecturer

caelum mero education officer melbourne aquarium
Caelum MeroEducation officer – Melbourne Aquarium

BSc (Zoology)

Keen diver and photographer

Enthusiastic!!

Education support and outreach role

Won 3rd place in the 2009 Eureka prize for Science Photography for this shot of dumpling squid mating

Caelum MeroEducation officer – Melbourne Aquarium

  • BSc (Zoology)
  • Keen diver and photographer
  • Enthusiastic!!
  • Education support and outreach role
  • Won 3rd place in the 2009 Eureka prize for Science Photography for this shot of dumpling squid mating

http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/

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Jodi NearyTeaching Support Officer, Monash University

  • BSc (majoring in zoology and conservation genetics)
  • Hons (Genetics)
  • Victorian Institute for Animal Sciences (molecular genetics)
  • GSK (overseas pharmaceutical company)
  • Currently teaching support officer in SBS
nicola vallance media manager dept of conservation nz
Nicola VallanceMedia Manager, Dept. of Conservation (NZ)

BSc (Zoology)

Hons I

PG Diploma In Natural History film-making

5 years as a junior sign maker for DOC in a small town

Worked her way up to her current position (which also includes a regular TV slot promoting NZ wildlife)

margaret stanley lecturer in the school of biological sciences university of auckland
Margaret StanleyLecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland

BSc (Zoology)

Hons I

PhD (Monash)

Post-doc (NZ)

Research manager for Landcare Research, NZ

Now Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. University of Auckland (Biosecurity and Invasion Biology)

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Emma Graas

Research Assistant at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

  • BSc Hons (Plant Ecology)
  • Research Assistant at the Ludwig Institute
simon mcdonald biological patents deloitte touche
Simon McDonaldBiological patents (Deloitte Touche)

BSc (Zoology)

Hons I

LLB

Joined Deloittes

recruitment program

(paid for his LLB training)

are there jobs out there
Are there jobs out there??

Monash University Graduate Destinations Survey 2007

what sort of jobs
What sort of jobs?

45% entered employment with their BSc

More than half entered biology related positions (most commonly, conservation work, regulatory work and consultancy)

31% went on to further study

90% of those continued studying in a biological field

Graduates with higher degrees (Hons and PhD) predominantly gained jobs in biology (mainly conservation, consultancy, biotech and regulatory)

what do i do with a biology degree
What do I do with a biology degree??

Maybe not biology … but hopefully …

Academia, consultancy, government, scientific writing, fisheries management, conservation work, advocacy …. etc etc

See the world …

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For further information:Dr Gerry Rayner (gerry.rayner@monash.edu)Prof John Beardall (john.beardall@monash.edu)