15 months after graduating
of our biological science graduates are in work or further study*
85% of our graduates are in highly skilled work or further study
95% saying their degree was a formal requirement for their job or gave them an advantage
Biology graduates are well placed to succeed in any job where data handling or research skills are important. These jobs would not necessarily have to be restricted to science-based employers.
Employers recruiting graduates for biology-related jobs include:
- universities and clinical research organisations
- pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
- private hospitals and NHS trusts
- national and global health, conservation and environmental charities
- scientific and technical consultancies
- schools and colleges
- outreach organisations, such as museums, science centres and broadcast companies.
Many biology graduates pursue opportunities outside the science, education and health sectors in industries such as business, finance, the civil service, retail management, marketing and sales.
You could also apply the broader skills developed during your degree to many other opportunities: it is estimated that although graduate employers often specify a minimum degree classification as part of their shortlisting, approximately 70% of graduate employers do not specify that you must have studied a particular subject to work for them. However, graduate employers do highly prize skills such as strategic planning, resilience under pressure, creative problem-solving and commercial awareness which are some of the key skills you can develop during your course. Therefore, you could use your degree to access work in a multitude of sectors or industries.
It is also worth noting that around one third of Biology graduates go onto postgraduate study.
Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you as a biology graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at the Prospects, TargetJobs and the professional associations websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth Biology graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as steppingstones to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Development Scientist
- Graduate Field Research Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Seasonal Ecologist
- Sustainability Consultant
- Science Teacher
- Assistant Scientist
- Laboratory Assistant
- Laboratory Technician
- Senior Production
- Performance Officer
- Delegate Sales Executive
- Medical Workshop Leader
- Water Quality Inspector
- Necropsy Technician
- Seasonal Ecologist
- Waste Officer
- Campden BRI
- Ecology Solutions
- Green Power Global
- Greenbell Veterinary Surgery Diagnostics
- Huntsworth Health
- Medical Mavericks
- Porton Biopharma
- Scottish Water
- The Vaccine Group
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- University of Exeter
- Valuation Office Agency
- Wessex Water
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 24 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.