Biology as a career
Name: Heather Skeba
When I get into the real world I was thinking of being a biologist. How
much schooling do you need? What will be the best biologist job? I
really need to know, I'm in the 5th grade, almost into 6th.
Good for you! I'm a biologist and I love every minute of it. There are many
possible jobs, and how much schooling you need depends on the job. At least,
you need to graduate from college with a degree in biology, botany, zoology or
a related field. With such a degree, you can work as a technician in a biotechnology
company, or as a field biologist for the government, or similar career. Or you
can go on and get a Ph.D. in biology, which takes about 5 years beyond college.
With that education, you can be a professor at a university and do original
research and teach classes, or you could direct an entire group doing research
in biotechnology. So there are many, many possibilities, that all start with a
college education, so concentrate on that. Most importantly, follow your interests,
because for a career to be fun, you need to be excited about it.
ProfBill's answer is right on target. I would like to add that the best job
for a biologist is the one that makes her the happiest. Study hard, Heather,
and load up on science and math in high school.
Good luck and best wishes.
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