Q: I would like to study biology in college but I'm not sure what career options are available. Also, what does an acoustic biologist do?

A degree in biology involves the study of life and by definition is an extremely broad subject encompassing everything from the study of life processes to the treatment of diseases to how to sustain the environment to the study of plant and animal communities.

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Considered a pure science subject, the most logical career option would be research in the medical and life sciences arena covering pharmacology, neurology and microbiology. In the health care industry, biologists are required to help in treating and curing illnesses ranging from cancer to Aids to heart diseases.

Sustaining and maintaining the environment is another area of opportunity for biologists wherein you will be required to help preserve natural resources for future generations. Careers would include marine biologist, ecologist, zoo biologist and conservation biologist.

Add a teaching qualification to your degree and you will be able to teach the subject to students at school and college. To teach at University would normally require a master's degree at least while an undergraduate degree coupled with a teaching qualification would suffice for a high school job.

Acoustic biologist also known as bio-acoustics is the study of sound from living creatures – animals and humans. Common examples would include study of sound waves created by dolphins, trumpeting by elephants and sound created by whales. While not necessarily audible to the human hear, sound waves created by animals are designed to convey a meaning. The biologist would not only try to make sense of these sound waves but will also shoulder the responsibility of protecting these species in their natural environment. Wild life parks and marine research stations would be places offering jobs to acoustic biologists.

The more esoteric job opportunities would include careers in biotechnology where you would be required to use technology in agriculture, food science and medicine. Another option could be working with the government or nonprofit organisations to assist and frame legislature on biomedical research and environment based on accurate scientific studies.

Yet another possibility could be to pursue a career in biological economics which would require to evaluate the economic impact of biological problems such as deforestation, poaching and pollution on the community.

Sanjeev Verma is an international education counsellor (sanjeev@intelligentpartners.com, www.intelligentpartners.com). Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.