The career opportunities are broad and diverse. Graduates find positions as science or engineering technicians, health technologists, and research technicians. Graduates may also choose to be educators in elementary or high schools. Those who go on to pursue a doctorate usually obtain faculty appointments at private and public colleges and universities.
An advanced degree in Biology is also valuable and usually necessary for obtaining the most lucrative positions in the rapidly emerging private-sector discipline of Biotechnology. Obtaining a degree in Biology is also the most favorable and chosen track for entry into pre-professional schools to study medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and related health care professions.
Jobs for forensic science technologies have increased in measure due in large part to the expanded use of DNA technologies and analysis, used to examine, solve and prevent crime. Most forensic biologists work closely with law enforcement and other forensic personnel, including forensic chemists, to link a suspect to a crime or match suspects to crime scene evidence. Other forensic biology work includes involvement with wild animal trafficking, movement of rare and exotic species and poaching issues.
Forensic scientists are employed by regional, state, and local forensic laboratories, district attorneys' offices, private firms, colleges and universities, the military, and federal agencies including the DEA, Customs, FBI and the Postal Service. Employment for forensic biologists can also include research positions in academic centers, as well as pharmaceutical or biotech companies.