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Related Skills

  • Good teamwork skills and independent worker
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good mathematical background including knowledge of statistics
  • Knowledge of operating scientific equipment and posses strong technicalskills
  • Application of biological theories into practice
  • Communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Strong work ethic and professional behavior
  • Flexibility in thought and adaptive to new ideas

Related Fields


  • Basic
  • Applied
  • Medical
  • Grant Writing
  • Administration


  • University laboratories
  • Federal government laboratories/agencies including:
    • National Science Foundation
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Armed Services
  • State and local government laboratories/agencies
  • Public health departments
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Commercial medical laboratories
  • Private testing laboratories including forensics
  • Independent research foundations
  • Industry laboratories:
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Biotechnology firms
    • Food processors
    • Cosmetic manufacturers
    • Chemical and petroleum industries
    • Agricultural industry


  • Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry qualifies one for laboratorytechnician or research assistant positions.
  • Choose courses with laboratory work.
  • Get on the job experience in a laboratory and/or complete a senior researchproject.
  • Complete a certificate training program, usually one year, to learnspecialized laboratory techniques.
  • Take a course in grant writing.
  • Earn master's degree in biochemistry for better positions, advancement opportunities,more responsibility and higher pay.
  • Obtain Ph.D. to direct research projectsand lead research teams.


  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Allied Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy


  • Hospitals
  • Medical centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practice


  • Plan on attending medical school or other related graduate program.
  • Maintainan outstanding grade point average, particularly in the sciences.
  • Secure strongfaculty recommendations.
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor periodically.
  • Join relatedstudent organizations.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • Volunteer to work ina hospital or healthcare setting.
  • Find a summer job or internship in a hospital.
  • Develop a back up plan in case medical/graduate school admission is denied.
  • Consider alternative but related careers such as physician assistants.
  • Researchall of the various fields within medicine to determine a particular career goal.


  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • Post-secondary


  • Public and private elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Two-year community colleges/technical institutes
  • Four-year institutions
  • Medical schools


  • Complete an accredited teacher preparation program for certification/licensurein biology and/or chemistry.
  • Ph.D. required for college or university teaching.
  • Some teaching positions in two-year institutions may be available for thosewith a master's degree.
  • Prepare to attend graduate school by maintaining a highgrade point average and securing strong faculty recommendations.
  • Serve as atutor for high school or college students.
  • Learn to communicate effectively.

Other Professional Opportunities

  • Sales/Marketing
  • Technical Writing
  • Scientific Journalism
  • Scientific Illustration
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Administration/Management
  • Scientific/Technical Recruiting
  • Intellectual Property/Patent Law


  • Biotechnology industry
  • Pharmaceutical and chemical companies
  • Publishers: Textbook, magazine, newspaper, book
  • Software firms
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Search firms
  • Law firms
  • Legal departments of corporations


  • For sales positions, gain sales experience through internships, part-time work,or summer jobs.
  • Take business and/or computer classes. Become familiar withdesktop publishing and other software packages.
  • Develop strong written and oralcommunication skills.
  • Get experience writing for a school or local newspaper.
  • Obtain an MBA or Ph.D. to reach high levels of administration. Plan on attendinglaw school if interested in law.

Other Professions

  • Anatomist
  • Biochemist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Histopathologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Laboratory Tech.
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Mycologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Debbie Ungson-Walbert  208 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone Note
Elisha Swanson  (309) 438-7232  Professional Practice 
Shawn Hitchcock  317 Science Laboratory Building  (309) 438-7854  Research