Loyola University Maryland

The Rizzo Career Center


Overview of Major
Potential Job Titles
Examples of Internships
Possible Career Fields
Possible Work Settings
Important Skills and Abilities
Sample Web Resources
Sample Graduate Programs Pursued by Biology Majors
Where Recent Biology Graduates Were Hired  

Overview of Major

The Biology major is designed to provide the depth, scope, and skills necessary for admission to graduate and professional schools or for the job market. After graduation, many Biology majors pursue more specialized study in medicine, nursing and biological studies. Others prepare for teaching careers by doing graduate work in biology, life sciences or biotechnology while others move directly into careers in research and development, pharmaceutical sales, public health or government.


Potential Job Titles

  • Research Lab Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • Technical Writer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Teacher
  • Lobbyist
  • Physical Therapy Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Research Analyst
  • Medical Technologist I
  • Management Trainee
  • Neonatology Research Assistant
  • Assistant Ophthalmology Technician
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Microbiology Research Assistant
  • Medical Service Officer
  • Veterinary Technician

Examples of Internships

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Becton Dickinson
  • National Cancer Institute
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • CIGNA Corporation
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Veterans Administration
  • Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Possible Career Fields


  • Research & development
  • Laboratory testing
  • Teaching


  • Research & development
  • Genetic counseling


  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Production
  • Quality control

Mycology, Systematic Biology, Entomology

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Field & laboratory
  • Consulting
  • Taxonomy
  • Toxicology
  • Control & survey
  • Extension
  • Inspection
  • Medicine

Marine & Aquatic Biology, Zoology

  • Food
  • Research
  • Inspection
  • Teaching
  • Animal care/Training
  • Animal behavior
  • Research
  • Curator


  • Physiology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Immunology & pathology
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Quality control



Technical Writing, Illustration, Photography

Technical & Pharmaceutical Sales


  • Lobbying
  • Patent & environmental law
  • Regulatory affairs

Possible Work Settings

  • Colleges
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Federal & state agencies & labs
  • Research labs
  • Hospitals
  • Consulting firms
  • Zoos & aquariums
  • Conservation agencies
  • Museums
  • Preserves & parks
  • Drug companies
  • Publishers
  • Newspapers & journals
  • Law firms
  • Government

Important Skills and Abilities

  • Problem solving
  • Team player
  • Teaching
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Detailed oriented
  • Research
  • Analytical
  • Work well under pressure
  • Customer service
  • Sales

Sample Web Resources

Sample Graduate Programs Pursued by Biology Majors

  • MD
  • Master of Public Health
  • PhD, Immunology
  • MS, Bioethics
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • MS, Pharmacology
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • MS, Marine Biology
  • Master in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Nursing
  • Applied Molecular Biology

Where Recent Biology Graduates Were Hired

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen.

Here's a snapshot of where our biology majors were hired or went on to graduate school:


Dentist Office (not named) -Dental Assistant
Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education - Substitute Teacher
Hofstra Universtiy - Teaching Assistant
Johns Hopkins University -Laboratory Technologist 
Mercy Medical Center - Medical Assistant (2)
Montfort College - Teacher of Biology, English Teacher
Montgomery Orthopedics - Medical Assistant
Morristown Surgical Associates -Medical Assistant
NYC Parks Department Seasonal - Urban Park Ranger
Overlook Medical Center - Patient Care Technician
Pfizer - Clinical Trials Associate Scientist
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore - Research Coordinator
St. Gabriel's College -English teacher
Visionworks - Optical assistant

Graduate/Professional Schools

Arcadia University - M.S., Forensic Science
Binghamton University - M.S., Biomedical Engineering
Boston University - Public Health
Boston University Dental School - Doctor of Dental Surgery
Hood College - M.S., Environmental Biology
Institution Not Reported - Degree of Medicine, Physician Assistant 
Jefferson Medical College - Degree Not Reported
Newcastle University - Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Institute of Cellular Medicine
Salus University - Physician Assistant
San Jose State University - Nutritional Science/Dietetics 
Temple University School of Medicine - M.D.
The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) - Master of Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine - Doctor of Dental Medicine
University of Delaware - M.S., Biology
University of Maryland School of Dentistry - Doctor of Dental Surgery
University of Maryland School of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Maryland, Baltimore - M.S., Critical Nurse Leader (CNL)
University of New England, College of Dental Medicine - Dental
University of Pennsylvania - Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University - M.S., Anatomy & Neurobiology


T.J. Creamer

Astronaut T.J. Creamer, '82, is living proof that even the sky isn't the limit for a Loyola graduate