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of Massachusetts’ largest metropolitan areas, Worcester is a renowned
hub of scientific research and innovation. At Worcester State, we work
with local organizations that provide internships during which you can
apply your classroom and laboratory training. These challenging
real-world opportunities will help you sharpen your skills and gain
valuable professional experience and contacts. They are why 83% of respondents to a survey of 2015 graduates said that they either agree or strongly agree that their academic program prepared them for employment.
Whether you choose to enter graduate
school or the workforce after graduation, you will have the knowledge
and practical experience you need to succeed. In fact, 91% of 2015 graduates who responded to the survey reported that they are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or both. Our graduates have gone on
to advanced study in fields like dentistry, medicine, nursing, physical
therapy, and pharmacology. Other alumni pursue careers in animal
husbandry, biotechnology, education, environmental science, and medical
research. A bachelor’s degree in biology enables you to earn a median annual salary of over $72,000.
Jesse Caney didn’t want to wait to graduate to get hands-on experience with fire ecology. By his senior year, he had been on the front lines fighting wildfires in California, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Utah. After graduating, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in wildlife conservation. As a fire ecologist, he wants to specialize in wildlife in fire-climax communities. “Fighting wildland fires appeals to me on a few levels: I can combine biology, adventure, and helping others,” he says.