Careers in Biology and Microbiology
Biology is a varied discipline and there are many career paths that one can follow. These include research, heath care, environmental management and conservation, and education. The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) provides good general information on careers in the biological sciences. Career information is also available from professional societies such as the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Another good resource is the FindHow career exploration page for biological scientists.
Career information is also available on campus. The CSULA Career Development Center has a list of career areas, employers, and strategies for the biological sciences. It also provides a list of links to career information in the biological sciences. You can also seek career advice from the Biological Sciences faculty. Make an appointment with a faculty member whose research is most closely aligned to your area of interest. You can find numerous useful links related to careers in microbiology here.
The CSU Biocompass Web Site was created by the California State University (CSU) to better publicize biotechnology degree programs and courses offered at CSU campuses. It features programs that pertain to current life sciences industry workforce needs, as reported by industry partners and associations. This website is useful to working professionals searching for courses to augment their skills and knowledge and students and new graduates who want to learn more about careers in the biotechnology industry.
UC Graduate Admissions
The University of California created the UC Graduate Admissions website to assist students who are exploring the possibility of graduate school at UC. This website includes an online degree search tool for all UC graduate programs which makes it easier for students to search the 600+ graduate degree programs offered across the ten campuses to find programs that fit their area of interest. This site also offers practical advice and insight on preparing for and applying to graduate school at UC, from tips on writing an effective statement of purpose to resources for financing a graduate education.
LinkUp Job Search Engine
The LinkUp Job Search Engine is a searchable database containing thousands of available jobs across the U.S. Enter a discipline (e.g. microbiology) and city, state, or zip code (e.g. Los Angeles or California) to get listings of available positions.