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Career choices by biologists: A case study of destinations of graduates in marine biology and zoology, 1986-1998

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Margaret Gill, Dr David Golding


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Data collected soon after graduation suggest that biologists have little success in finding employment. In addition, a mismatch between the types of biologists sought by employers and those graduating from British universities has been implied. In Newcastle, on-going studies carried out two years after graduation clearly show that the majority of marine biologists and zoologists are in employment or involved in further training at this stage. Furthermore, 66.6% of graduates for the period 1986 - 1998 were involved in careers for which their degree was directly relevant, in contrast to the small proportion for whom this is true six months after graduation. The study suggests that despite the increase in university class sizes, able and well-trained biologists enjoy good career prospects. This information is potentially valuable to prospective undergraduates in their need for factually based career data to inform their choice of degree subject.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gill ME, Golding DW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Biological Education

Year: 2001

Volume: 35

Issue: 3

Pages: 130-132

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0021-9266

ISSN (electronic): 2157-6009

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00219266.2001.9655761


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