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Area of Study: Science, Engineering, and Math
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Science, Engineering, and Math
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Biology

Knowledge that can grow into something great

From the smallest single-celled organisms to the largest and most complex beings, the field of biology explores the vast spectrum of life. Austin Community College’s Biology Program prepares you with a foundation of understanding in this fascinating field and gets you ready for further study in a number of scientific and health science disciplines. Biology courses at ACC meet the prerequisites for our Health Sciences programs and contribute toward the core curriculum requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a four-year state institution.

Career Information

A biology major at ACC is a great first step toward a career in fields such as education, research, journalism, medicine, or veterinary science. Biology-related careers tend to be competitive, but most are in fields that offer steady growth and consistent demand.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Biologists
24.47 Hourly Wage 175 Currently Employed
Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.
175 Biologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.29 % over the next four years.
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Microbiologists
21.48 Hourly Wage 394 Currently Employed
Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
394 Microbiologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 4.06 % over the next four years.
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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
29.58 Hourly Wage 37 Currently Employed
Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.
37 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 21.62 % over the next four years.
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Bioinformatics Scientists
24.47 Hourly Wage 175 Currently Employed
Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.
175 Bioinformatics Scientists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.29 % over the next four years.
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Molecular and Cellular Biologists
24.47 Hourly Wage 175 Currently Employed
Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.
175 Molecular and Cellular Biologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.29 % over the next four years.
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Geneticists
24.47 Hourly Wage 175 Currently Employed
Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.
175 Geneticists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.29 % over the next four years.
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Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
26.16 Hourly Wage 12803 Currently Employed
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
12803 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.21 % over the next four years.
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Cytotechnologists
25.6 Hourly Wage 859 Currently Employed
Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.
859 Cytotechnologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.99 % over the next four years.
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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
19.68 Hourly Wage 717 Currently Employed
Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
717 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.25 % over the next four years.
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Biochemists and Biophysicists
37.27 Hourly Wage 275 Currently Employed
Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.
275 Biochemists and Biophysicists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.82 % over the next four years.
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Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
32.69 Hourly Wage 611 Currently Employed
Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.
611 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.2 % over the next four years.
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