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Biology and Life Sciences
The outlook for careers in biological sciences is excellent. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts steady growth for the biology and life science industry through 2020. For instance, the field of microbiology, which studies microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, in an effort to develop biological products to improve our lives, is anticipated to grow by 13 percent through 2020. Horticulture, the branch of biology that works to improve agricultural productivity and food safety, should experience a 10 percent growth in this period. And botany, which focuses on plant life, and zoology, which explores animals and wildlife, are expected to grow more slowly than average with a 7 percent increase. Employment for biochemists and biophysicists is predicted to grow by 31 percent—much faster than average—in the same time period.