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  1. Professor John BeardallHead, School of Biological Sciences Careers and Research in Biological Sciences

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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

  6. Transferable skills Communication (written and oral) Team work Organisation and time management

  7. CAREER PATHS Overview Some biographies

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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/

  11. 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

  12. 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)

  13. 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)

  14. Emma Graas Research Assistant at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research • BSc Hons (Plant Ecology) • Research Assistant at the Ludwig Institute

  15. Simon McDonaldBiological patents (Deloitte Touche) BSc (Zoology) Hons I LLB Joined Deloittes recruitment program (paid for his LLB training)

  16. WHERE DO GRADUATES GO? Statistics

  17. Are there jobs out there?? Monash University Graduate Destinations Survey 2007

  18. 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)

  19. 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 …

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