Alternative Career Options for Bio Students

It is a sad thing that most students, and even parents, know only about 7% of the total available career choices. For bio-science students, it is especially difficult. Most people think there are only two career options for a Bio student – doctor and teacher. The truth couldn’t be any more different. There exist plenty of alternative career options for bio students other than being a doctor or a teacher. Today, we will look into some of them.

The alternative careers for bio students can be divided into two main categories, directly related and indirect. This is based upon how much of your bio-science education you would have to use in your job. Most students dream of using their education in their careers. However, sometimes many have to face the hard truth that regular education in our country is not good enough or precise. As a result, most people can’t utilize much of what they had to study hard for. 

Alternative career options directly related to bio-sciences

If you wish to utilize most of your bio-science education, these are the best options for you. Of course, the one career at the top of the food chain in this category is a doctor. They use almost 100% of what they studied in graduation. However, we are talking about alternatives here, such as the following.


We live in an odd world where extreme opposites collide. In the present society, both obesity and malnutrition are equally great issues. This is why the career of Nutritionists is becoming increasingly important these days. You need to do a B.Sc. in Nutrition, or Home Science, or even in Food Technology to pursue the career of a nutritionist.

Laboratory Technology

Being a lab assistant is not the only thing this career envelops. Most laboratories and specialty hospitals use cutting-edge technologies and very specific kinds of instruments. Knowledge about proper operating, troubleshooting, and even manufacturing them is highly sought after in the biological industry. Diplomas and bachelor degrees, as well as masters, are offered in Medical Laboratory technologies.


Surely, this is a no-brainer. Medicines are the axis of the modern medical world. Your grip on them will give you multiple career options. These vary from a simple medical representative to even scientists responsible for creating new meds. You need a minimum of B. Pharma for these.


If you are a physically active person and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then nursing is a great option for you. This is one of the great career options for women in India especially since women are natural caregivers. Various kinds of nursing and midwifery courses are available for this.

Alternative career options for bio students indirectly related to bio-sciences

If you have enough versatility in your skillset, and also don’t mind branching out a bit, then these are great for you. In this section, you have a much wider spectrum of choice. Therefore, your opportunity for getting a job is greater as well. You can choose from the following:

  • Spread smiles among the downtrodden and the unfortunate as a Social Worker
  • Understand human behavior and help people in their personal issues as a Psychologist
  • Capture great natural beauties as a wildlife photographer
  • Study the origins and evolution of humans as an anthropologist
  • Fight to preserve the balance of life as an ecologist

Last but not the least, you can always opt for teaching.


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