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Biology

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Biology is the scientific study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, systems, relationships and processes.

Pathway

You need to be a science stream student in school to proceed on this career path.

Many biology graduates choose to study for postgraduate qualifications in a more specialised science to increase their expertise in a particular area. Others pursue postgraduate opportunities to lead them into different careers such as teaching, landscape architecture or law.

Subject Focus

SPM:

During your Form years, take as many science courses as you can and also emphasize math and reading or writing classes. The latter is especially important since reading and writing skills are very important these days.

A good biologist needs to be able to readily read and comprehend what others have found and clearly convey scientific results to the scientific community.

University:

Biology is a vast area of study and it includes cell biology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, plant biology, molecular biology, physiology and ecology.

Personality Type

Are you a keen observer of your surroundings? Are you interested in living things and how all these work together?

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counselor or ask our experts for further guidance!

You should also realize that ANY type can be successful in ANY major or career.

Myers-Briggs:

INTJ, INTP

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code:

IAR

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Pursuing a career in biology is stimulating and rewarding, however people say that the jobs are limited and that you should consider biology as a career only if you have the passion for it.

In reality, to become successful in this career, life-long learning is necessary. Not every biology major has this quality hence they have trouble putting something new in their career development.

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Higher education lecturer
  • Microbiologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Research scientist (medical)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Dentist
  • General practice doctor
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Science writer

Work Environment:

Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor type, a solo performer or a team player, interested in plants, animals or people – there are options for everyone with an interest in biology, and rewarding career opportunities for those deciding to study biology seriously.

Salary

Fresh/Entry Level: RM 1,600 – RM 2,100

Junior Executive: RM 1,800 – RM 2,400

Senior Executive: RM 2,600 – RM 4,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

The Bioeconomy Initiative Malaysia (BIM) has a sealed a deal to collaborate with the Sabah Economic development and investment Authority (Sedia). The collaboration will create opportunities that will support the state as an attractive destination with its rich agricultural and biodiversity resources.

Through BIM, bioeconomy is well-positioned as a “sustainable economy” for Malaysia, encompassing all industries and economic sectors that produce, manage and utilise biological resources, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, wellness, chemicals and renewable energy.

BIM will also tap into the unrealised application of locally developed technologies and discoveries, and reconcile the urgent need to focus on technology that utilises renewable resources.

USEFUL LINKS TO ORGANISATIONS

Malaysian Society Biochemistry & Molecular Biology [MSMBB]
Society of Biology Biotechnology Industry Organization [BIO]
Malaysian Society for Microbiology [MSM]
PersatuanGenetik Malaysia [PGM]
The Genetics Society [GS]
Center for Genetics and Society
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution [SMBE]
Botanical Society of America [BSA]
International Society of Zoological Sciences [ISZS]
Bioinformatics Organization

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