In this article, Students Mirror looks at the career opportunities in biology education. It may interest you to know that careers in biology education go beyond teaching biology or basic science in secondary schools. Graduates with a degree in biology education can work in the agriculture, health, and educational sectors, among others.
Careers in Biology Education in Nigeria
Career Opportunities in Biology Education involves working as a;
Biologists primarily research humans, animals, plants, and bacteria to better understand how the body and nature function, as well as how external factors may influence each living organism. They can work as biologists in various fields, such as education, agriculture, biotech companies, and research institutions.
The duties of a botanist involve conducting field surveys, carrying out plant identification as well as collecting data, including temperature, soil, rainfall, sunlight, among others. Other duties of botanists include studying plants. However, some botanists may be involved in identifying plants and plant products for use in fabric, medicine, food, and building materials, or searching for and classifying new plant species.
Another career opportunity for graduates of Biologist Education is in the zoological sector. Zoologists are biological scientists who specialize in studying animals and their environments. They’re also involved in researching animal behavior, collecting zoological data for analysis, and contributing to the publication of scientific journals and writing science articles for news sites and newspapers.
Hydrologists study how water interacts with the earth’s crust. They help in investigating contaminated sites to assess how water flow might disperse pollutants. Another type of hydrologist known as groundwater hydrologists studies the water below the earth’s surface. The majority of these hydrologists work on cleaning up polluted groundwater at industrial contamination sites, while others work on water supply issues, such as locating new wells and estimating the amount of water available for pumping. Hydrologists assist in determining the locations of new waste disposal sites to prevent groundwater contamination.
- Science Writer
A graduate of biology education can work as a science writer. Their duties involve conducting research, reporting science-related news and opinions, and suggesting solutions to scientific problems. They can be employed by news platform owners, advertisers, and newspapers to write for them and get paid. They can also create their own monetized blog to supply science Related content for public consumption
- Pharmacy technician
A pharmacy technician is a medical professional who works alongside pharmacists to help and support patients and to ensure they receive the best care. They work in places like community pharmacies, education, military hospital pharmacies, prisons, veterinary centers, pharmaceutical production, etc.
- Genetic counselor
The duties of a genetic counselor involve working with individuals, families, communities, and other healthcare providers and practitioners to empower them to understand how genetic information impacts their lives as well as the lives of their patients. They are involved in collecting family health history and providing disease risk assessment. They’re also involved in offering psychosocial support and counseling to individuals, families, and groups in order to promote informed choices and adaptation to risks and conditions.
8. Quality control technician
The work of a quality control technician involves inspecting and testing the raw materials and products to make sure they meet the required levels of quality.
9. Environmental Scientist/Engineer
A Biology Education Graduate can, with his or her degree, handle roles that deal with issues at the intersection of the man-made and natural worlds.
Environmental Scientists/Engineers focus on data gathered from the natural environment, particularly data on the past and future effects of human activity and its impact, to devise and implement solutions to a variety of issues. They’re tasked with performing research for a specific project, gathering data provided by the natural environment and focusing on a certain issue, such as environmental degradation and the effects of human activity on a given area.
- Agricultural technician
Another career opportunity for graduates in biology education are employed as agricultural technicians, whose duties involve assisting agriculturists and farmers with a variety of tasks related to different aspects of agriculture, which may include planning, research, and the application of agricultural knowledge.
Agricultural technician assistants help farmers to make the best use of their land without damaging it. They also set up or maintain laboratory equipment such as spectrometers, nitrogen determination apparatus, air samplers, and collect samples from crops or animals in order for testing to be performed.
Agricultural technicians prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments, and examine animals and specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
Biology Education degree
Before you can get a biology education degree, there are certain things you must know.
- Biology education is offered under the Faculty of Education.
- B.Sc. (Ed.) Biology is run for a minimum of four years and a maximum of eight years for students starting in year one, or a minimum of three years and a maximum of six years for students starting at 200L.
- Students at the 300 and 400 levels go through a six-week practical teaching period.
Candidates aspiring to be admitted to study Biology Education must satisfy the university admission requirements, which may include the following :
- 5 credit passes in SSCE in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics as well as English Language.
- While for direct entry, one with NCE must have at least merit passes in 2 relevant subjects or a double major in Biology with SSCE requirements.
For you to be awarded a BSc. (ED) in Biology, you must meet the following conditions
- You must have completed a minimum of 120 and 90 credit units for the four-year and three-year degree programs, respectively.
For more information about biology education and to see the list of institutions offering biology education, you can check them out here.
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