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Career Field - Life Science

Career Information & Resources

Career Profiles and Guides

Occupational Outlook Handbook - A guide to career, labor market, salary and training information for this particular career field.

Vault Guides - Insider's information about careers in this area. Features include "Day in the Life" career profiles, employee reviews of careers and companies, and detailed information about key employers in the field. Available through Callisto.

Information Lab Publications - Career guides, directories, and other publications related to this career field. Available in the Career Center.

Multiple Fields

AAAS - An international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

Yahoo Science Directory is a metasite which contains links by category including agriculture, biology (includes zoology), forensics, and other life science links.

Animal Science/Zoology & Marine Science

Aquatic Science Career Information - The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) gives a definition of aquatic science, oceanography and limnology. Describes what aquatic scientists study, working conditions, earnings information and field outlook.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums - Basic career information (go to Home > For Everyone > Careers), links to job listings, relevant associations and topics of interests to professionals and the general public.

Marinecareers.net - Provides and introduction to careers within marine science including marine biology, oceanography, ocean engineering and related field. Profiles different professionals.

Society for Marine Mammology - Addresses questions "commonly asked by people seeking a career in marine mammal science in the United States and provides suggestions on how to plan education and work experience."

Veterinary Medical School - Provides information on Veterinary Medicine Careers and training.

Bioinformatics/Biostatistics

American Medical Informatics Association Lists relevant associations and formal academic and training programs in North America in medical, nursing, and health care informatics. Links to programs outside North America as well.

Bioplanet.com Bioinformatics related articles including FAQ’s about the career field and what it takes to enter the field.

Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals

BayBio - Employment, business and current event information about biotechnology and the biosciences in Northern California.

Bio-Link - Provides national and regional resources of interest to biotechnologists including educational, company and industry links.

Careers in Genetics and Biosciences: Human Genome Project Information - Provides an overview of the different career paths including links to relevant resources, publication lists and government internship programs.

Life Sciences World - Offers daily news, links to associations and institutions, bioscience web directories, patent news, university links and more.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) - Provides PDF version of their annual pharmaceutical industry profile.

Botany/Forestry/Horticulture/Agriculture

Agricultural and Food Scientists, from the Occupational Outlook Handbook - Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics describing the nature of the occupation, training and other qualifications, as well as advancement, outlook and earnings information. Also includes links to related occupations.

American Society for Horticultural Science - "Related Links" section on website provides resources related to educational institutions and associations, as well as general information sites and publications.

Conservation Scientists and Foresters, from the Occupational Outlook Handbook - Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics describing the nature of the occupation, training and other qualifications, as well as advancement, outlook and earnings information. Also includes links to related occupations.

Environment Career Field - Information on environmental careers, resources and employers (includes some reources for forestry).

Institute of Food Technologists - Provides current news in food science, graduate school directory, scholarship/fellowship information and more.

Forensic Science

American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Professional Society with resources on careers in forensics, universities, and employment opportunities.

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Homepage provides a list of forensic related links, including associations as well as information for students on scholarships and careers.

Genetics/Microbiology

American Society for Microbiology - Provides career information including career titles and training, fellowship and mentorship opportunities and more.

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Genetics Society of America (GSA)

Microbes.info - Microbiology resources and information including industry information and employment links.

Science Education & Science Illustration

Drawing on Science - Provides information about how your interest in both subjects can lead to a successful and satisfying career. Explains what science illustration is and links to additional resources.

Education Career Field - Links on education, including occupational descriptions for teachers, directories and accreditation information.

Lawrence Hall of Science, Education Resources - List of science eduation related links for teacher professional development and general information about earth and life sciences.

National Science Teachers Association - Resources for k-12 and college educators, current news and more.

Student & Professional Organizations

Participating in these groups can be a valuable avenue for learning about an occupation or field. They are an excellent resource for networking, and their websites often have information about careers.

Cal Student Organizations

Professional Organizations

A few of the major professional organizations include:

To find other professional associations, go to:

Internship Listing Sites

Internship Listing Sites - Websites, programs, and other resources for internships in this career area. For listings specifically for Cal students, visit CalJobs - the official Career Center job and internship listing site.

Job Listing Sites

Job Listing Sites - Websites specializing in job listings for this particular career field. For listings specifically for Cal students, visit CalJobs - the official Career Center job and internship listing site.

 
This page contains links to websites not under the control of the University or the Career Center and we are not responsible for their contents. We'd like to hear your comments about these sites; feel free to contact us.

On the recommendation of our counseling staff, the Career Center lists job and career information sites that generally meet the following criteria: are of interest to Cal students, easily navigated, require no fee or registration prior to viewing, and (for job sites) list a significant number of entry-level positions in California. New sites may be submitted for consideration and are typically reviewed on an annual basis. Please indicate the page on our site where you think your link would be appropriate.

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