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What you can do with this major

Human Biology majors must complete an area of emphasis (see above), and each leads to different careers.

  • Health Sciences - leads to careers as laboratory research assistants in biology or health related fields and prepares students for professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry and graduate programs in the biomedical field or health sciences.
  • Nutritional Sciences – leads to careers associated with dietetics in healthcare, nutrition education, governmental and community health agencies, public policy, agribusiness, food service industry, and graduate studies in nutritional sciences.
  • Exercise Science - leads to careers in personal training, corporate fitness, health and wellness, sports medicine and preparation for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and graduate programs in exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and other areas associated with exercise science.
  • General Human Biology - leads to careers in industrial, managerial, or sales positions in biological research or health-related industries and laboratory research positions in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.
  • Cytotechnology - leads to a B.S. in Human Biology with professional certification as a registered cytotechnologist.

Careers that combine Human Biology with other areas of interest are scientific journalist (Communications), scientific illustrator (Art), genetic counselor (Psychology or Human Development), public health (Sociology), bioinformatics (Computer Science), regulatory affairs manager and policy analyst (Business Administration) and quality control specialist (Chemistry).

Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook for these occupations? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook