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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?
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?
Biologists study how living things work, how they interact with one another and their environment, and how they evolve.
(not human biology, microbiology, anatomy, medicine, pharmacy etc)
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
Communication (written and oral)
Organisation and time management
(health or policy)
Medical scientist/ researcher
Scientific sales representative
BSc in Biology
Non-biology related work
Local and Central Government
Keen diver and photographer
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
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)
Research manager for Landcare Research, NZ
Now Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. University of Auckland (Biosecurity and Invasion Biology)
Research Assistant at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
(paid for his LLB training)
Monash University Graduate Destinations Survey 2007
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)
Maybe not biology … but hopefully …
Academia, consultancy, government, scientific writing, fisheries management, conservation work, advocacy …. etc etc
See the world …