Biology Careers and Salary Guides


Careers in biology are in demand. When you’ve completed your biology degree from USM, careers will be available to you in plenty of areas. In fact, according to recent career outlook indexes, biology careers are expected to increase at a rate faster than many other fields.

Once you’ve completed your degree, salary ranges may vary, but average salaries range between $35,000 and $55,000.

So what types of careers are available? There are plenty of options for biologists, including:

  • Research

  • Health care

  • Environmental management and conservation

  • Education

There are other options as well, which blend disciplines:

  • Biotechnology

  • Forensic science

  • Politics and policy

  • Business and industry

  • Economics

  • Mathematics

  • Science writing and communication


Michelle Chrisman - Class of 2012

USM Biology major now enrolled in USM's first ever Doctor of Physical Therapy class.

"I think its really cool to be part of the new program and the new tradition. I love the school, and I'm glad to still be here.

"I've been interested in physical therapy for a long time. When I was in high school, I tore my ACL playing basketball, and it was a really good experience for me to be able to rebound from my injury and be able to play again. It pushed me toward wanting to help other people who may be facing the same challenges."