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Biology Schools

As a professor or instructor of biology classes at one of the 1,843 accredited biology schools in the country, you play a crucial role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in biology, which encompasses biology training at the following levels:

  • Biology Certificate
  • Associates degree in Biology
  • Bachelors degree in Biology
  • Masters degree in Biology
  • PhD degree in Biology


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Biology professionals

218,980 218,960 224,930 233,270 232,950
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 232,950 biology professionals working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of biology professionals has grown by 6%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Biology professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by biology professionals, in 2010, was $58,272. This is 8% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Biology

$53,352 $55,552 $56,877 $58,080 $58,272
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Biology professionals' salaries have seen a 9% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Biology Student enrollment growth by degree

10,499 11,403 11,571 12,551 14,621
60,359 64,612 67,078 68,733 72,071
2,608 2,879 3,124 3,186 3,215
5,748 5,785 6,345 6,445 6,985
758 816 837 857 1,049
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Biology
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Biology
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Biology
  • Grey: Certificate in Biology

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for biology professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 79,972 students graduated from biology degree programs in the US. In 2010, 97,941 students graduated from biology schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 22% growth in the number of biology graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from biology courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Biology Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering biology programs has also increased. There were 1748 biology schools across the country in 2006. And there were 1843 schools in 2010.

Biology Faculty Salaries

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