5 Biology Careers to Consider

Biology careers are very diverse and offer many choices. In fact, they are difficult to gauge because it is not a simple choice if you love the life sciences and are trying to make up your mind. These are some of the career streams that might be what you're looking for:

1. Microbiology: This is a booming area of research, taking advantage of new technology to redefine the entire science of biology. Microbiological ecology is one of the primary drivers of life on Earth, and includes most of the world's organisms. This is a huge field of scientific discovery, with new organisms being discovered on an almost literally daily basis.  

Micro biology is also prominent in industrial research. Bacterial enzymes and proteins are commercial hot property, being used for everything from growing new types of medicine, to cleaning fluids and designer proteins. Microbiology is also one of the most innovative of the new biological sciences, generating huge numbers of patents. The science is creative science, producing compounds and entirely new concepts.

2. Genetics and molecular biology:  Both of these sciences have revolutionized biology. Genetics is the star performer of all the sciences, and molecular biology is a standard field of study. These are basically branches of microbiology, but have developed into specific fields in their own rights. The invention of the electron microscope was the beginning of a revolution in life sciences. Genetics had previously been more of a theoretical, than a practical science. The science of molecular biology was essentially based on chemistry theory.

3. Zoology: The best known and most popular of the biological sciences is zoology. Thanks to the hard work of zoologists and a huge media presence, environmental and wildlife conservation measures and issues are now well known. This is an ecologically vital science, monitoring the health of the planet. Zoological study includes every form of life on Earth, and the study of entire ecosystems. This is one of the true traditional fields of biology, and one of the pioneering forms of organic science.

4. Botany: Botany is another traditional biological science that  has become a critically important study of life on Earth. Vegetation is one of the major ecological support systems, and the basis of human food supply systems. In studies in the natural world, botany involves intensive research into the global environment, conservation, and preservation of endangered species. In agriculture, botany has merged with microbiology, genetics and molecular biology to become one of the bases of the science supporting the world's major food industries. In research, botany is emerging as one of the primary fields for research into new forms of industrial production.

5. Virology: The study of viruses is a major issue in ecosystems and human health. Viral populations have exploded. In marine ecosystems, UCLA recently reported that ocean viral populations have increased by 100,000 times on the mid 20th century populations. In terrestrial ecosystems, viruses now account for major destruction of agricultural crops, and human and animal epidemics. This is one of the most challenging of all forms of biology.