For teachers, our program will enable you to teach life science and biology courses within middle schools, high schools, and community colleges. For professionals in biotech, biology-related nonprofit organizations, or other specialized fields, this degree will grow your passion for science, provide you with expertise in various areas of biology, and empower you to advance in your company.
PLNU’s M.S. in General Biology will prepare you to further your career as a working professional in numerous professions, such as:
Before embarking on your educational journey, it’s important to know what jobs a master’s in biology will qualify you for. Individuals in the biotech industry can leverage a master’s degree to further career pursuits in title and pay. Those seeking to teach biology in a middle or high school must earn a single subject teaching credential to receive the certification necessary to teach in a classroom. There are other avenues a master's in biology can help you pursue. Below are a few examples.
Careers you can pursue with an M.S. in General Biology
Average National Salary: $83,929
Molecular biologists are a specific type of research scientist whose work largely revolves around the study of molecules and organisms. Their aim is typically to develop new treatments and pharmaceuticals to help treat various diseases and ailments. This is the perfect career for technically inclined individuals who like the process of in-depth laboratory research.
Average National Salary: $92,620
Biomedical engineers help improve human health by blending biology and engineering. They do so by identifying problems in healthcare that patients, doctors, and other professionals experience, and then developing solutions to those problems. This can be done by designing or developing new technologies and researching cutting-edge technologies. This is the perfect career for an analytical individual who enjoys problem-solving in medical environments.
Average National Salary: $111,094
Research scientists work in labs (i.e. government, environmental, specialist, or university labs) to conduct research in various fields. This can include anything from clinical trials for new medications to researching wind turbine efficiency for an energy company. Research scientists can work for both private organizations and public institutions such as governments or nonprofits. In addition to being a lucrative source of income, research science can be a fulfilling career that allows you to pursue areas that interest you and be at the forefront of new innovations.
Postsecondary Biological Science Teacher
Average National Salary: $98,710
Post-secondary, or college-level biological science teachers teach various biology courses to students. The job itself varies based on the class or school, but typically a college biology professor needs a master’s degree to teach at this level. This may be a great career to pursue for middle school or high school teachers looking to increase their wages and step further into academia.