One of the great advantages of having a biology degree from the University of Aberdeen is that it provides you with a very broad range of skills to offer employers.
Not only do we train students in scientific methodology in the laboratory and in the field, we incorporate what we call 'graduate attributes' into the whole curriculum. Employers now expect an impressive list of skills, knowledge and experience in their graduate recruits and we aim to help you acquire these.
Students in the School of Biological Sciences have the opportunity to collaborate with external organisations, for example whilst undertaking an Honours or MSci project. In addition to allowing you to develop a valuable link with a potential employer, this gives you the opportunity to experience the application of your learning in the 'real world' and to develop a range of skills such as communication, working with others, use of specialist IT and time management, all of which will make you a more effective employee following graduation.
Many career possibilities are open to graduate biologists. As well as being prepared for PhDs, Masters degrees or employment in many areas of biological sciences, biologists find employment in ecology, environmental impact, healthcare, molecular biology, conservation and land management, including forest management, climate change, biological modelling, scientific publishing, TV, support to government, teaching in colleges, universities and schools, public education (zoos, museums, nature reserves, scientific societies etc.), biomedical sciences and a host of other professions.
From Aberdeen via Cote d'Ivoire, the Philippines and Mexico, Jill is now leading maize physiology research in Eastern and Southern Africa.
After two years living in the Amazon rainforest and completing a PhD back in Aberdeen, Ewan now works in the school as a Research Fellow involved in research to help manage and control the major pest of honeybees, Varroa destructor.
Kathryn is the Environmental and Compliance Officer for Keenan Recycling Ltd. and maintains all their operating procedures associated with the environmental licences that they work under.
Fiona is a Countryside Ranger with the National Trust for Scotland doing conservation and education work.
Ian works for Scottish Natural Heritage and was previously a Ranger at Aigas Field Centre near Inverness, leading wildlife walks and working on captive breeding programs.
Julie is an Environmental Advisor for Scottish Water. Prior to that she was Freshwater Scientist in the Ecology Advisory Unit of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.
Giles is a Socially Responsible Investment Manager with British Petroleum.
Jake did a PhD at Cambridge University studying birds nest ferns in the Malaysian tropical forest canopy. He is now a Research Fellow at Oxford University investigating biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas.
Joao returned home to Portugal and is an Environmental, Safety and Health adviser for a major construction company, responsible for ensuring that all environmental requirements are met.
Tommaso is a Lecturer at the University of Oxford Institute of Field Ornithology where he works on sexual selection in birds.
Christine works in the Natural England National Policy Team, managing projects on sustainable rural development.
Tom is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre.
Graham initially worked as an ecological consultant and is now the Scottish Natural Heritage Upland Habitats Officer.
John is a Marine Mammal Biologist working at the US National Marine Mammal Laboratory.
Anne was an RSPB reserve warden and is now working for the Marine Conservation Society in Edinburgh, responsible for the “Cool seas” programme.
Simon is currently a cameraman with SCUBAZOO. He has also worked for the Sea Mammal Research Unit and the British Antarctic Survey.
Colin works for the Scottish Environmental Technology Network, facilitating the transfer of information and technology between bioremediation researchers and companies.
Kirsty gained work experience as a ranger and in environmental consultancy during the summers of her degree and was appointed Scottish Natural Heritage Operations Officer for Shetland immediately after she graduated.
Debbie gathers evidence of illegal trade in tiger skins in China for the Environmental Investigation Agency.
Anna is an ecologist with an international engineering company. She has also worked on ancient woodlands with the Sussex Wildlife Trust
Sara has trained as an expert bryologist on a course “Developing Ecological Surveying Skills” run by Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Lili became a food security officer, working in crisis areas in Tajikistan, Armenia, Central America, Africa and India, and now works for Oxfam as an adviser on humanitarian support.
Kieran is an award winning press photographer.
Andy is Rare Plants Officer for the Cairngorms National Park, having previously done a PhD on orchids and other rare plants and worked as a plant ecologist at a research institute.
Peter is Community Project Officer with The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV), organising projects with local people to reclaim green spaces in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.