Deciding on your career can seem very difficult given the wealth of opportunities available. There are many careers where you can use your skills and knowledge, you just have to find the right one for you. Biology provides employment opportunities in many different fields. You may decide to stay in education and pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate or doctoral degree program in Biology.
Biology provides employment opportunities
- in Education
- in the field of Health
- in the area of the Environment
- in Research
- in Industry
The majority of Biologists are likely to work for government agencies. For example, Biologists specialising in haematology, immunology, epidemiology can work in the Ministry of Health or in research regarding healthcare. Other Biologists may work for environmental protection agencies or with state environmental bodies, in research or be employed in advisory roles. Teaching is also an attractive option for many biology graduates. Biology is one of the STEM topics and is also an area that will be highlighted in the future, so job opportunities will be wide and huge, especially in government services and university research. Some Biologists who have the tools and knowledge may work in forensic biology, looking at evidence from crime scenes to create a picture of what happened.
In the private industry, for example, they can work in biomedical laboratories that research treatments for diseases, pharmaceuticals, botany or agriculture by developing herbicides and pesticides. They are also at the forefront of biotechnology, researching genetic modification and future agrotechnological products. There is simply no end to the choices available – if you study biology and life, there will surely be an opening.
Also, 3 out of 10 professions of the future are related to Biology
- Biomedical Engineers
- Agricultural Engineers
Biomedical technology is an interdisciplinary field of utmost importance and contribution to health promotion and health care. According to earlier data from EUCOMED, “The European medical device industry generates annual sales of € 95 billion and invests around € 7.5 billion in Research and Development. Five hundred thousand executives work for more than 20000 medical technology companies, 80% of which are small and medium-sized companies producing specialised products and innovations for the local and global market. ” The starting point for tomorrow’s specialised scientist may be departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Medicine, Biology, Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences as well as other sciences such as physics which in combination with the appropriate postgraduate specialization (eg BSc in Biotechnology) will cultivate the necessary knowledge and skills for tomorrow’s job market.
The rapid growth of the world population, coupled with the growing need for agricultural – and not only – production, makes it imperative more than ever to utilise engineering in the primary sector and especially in agricultural systems. The huge bet on sustainability in agriculture, more efficient land management and higher quality production is a challenge for both agricultural and biosystems engineers. Therefore, the fruitful application and exploitation of technology in agriculture is a springboard for managing and meeting local and international needs. Graduates of the Departments of Agriculture, Biosystems Engineers and broader geotechnical specialties are the specialised scientists who will be able to staff the agricultural engineering field after acquiring innovative and practically applicable knowledge and techniques.
Primary Production, Health, Environmental Protection are just some of the areas where the science of Biotechnology can find application. Knowledgable scientists with a background in genetics, molecular and synthetic biology, bioinformatics and a host of other combinatorial disciplines are targeting a field where research and investment growth trends are recorded worldwide. In Greek Universities, studies in departments such as Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Informatics with Applications in Biomedicine etc. are an ideal starting point for tomorrow’s biotechnologist.