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A BSTRACT It is essential that undergraduate biology majors are made aware of and receive guidance on career possibilities. The authors, who actively advise and teach biology majors (and future majors) at both the high school and undergraduate levels, collaborated to identify resources and methods to advise biology majors about their career choices. Multiple resources were identified. Current advising theory recommends a method of supporting students to make wise choices by considering personal vision, the kinds of professional successes desired, and individual talent development. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, and National Science Foundation data were analyzed to identify potential jobs that biology majors can attain. These resources and strategies should help faculty advisors and instructors inform biology majors about possible career paths. Key Words: Advising; biology careers; jobs; workforce. Introduction With increased numbers of students attend- ing college in recent years and the push for 1 million more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates (President s Council on Science and Tech- nology, 2012), it has become more pressing than ever for advisers and students to know where jobs will be available to them in the future. Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and U.S. Census data, we have identi- fied numerous fields that are experiencing an increase in job availability in the coming years. The intention of this article is not to encapsulate all of the careers that are possible with a biology degree, but to instead provide a greater awareness of where the job possibil- ities are and to provide advisors with resources to understand these possibilities given the current BLS projections (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Advising strategies recommended by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and Vincent Tinto, whose articles have set the standard for advising, having been shown to increase student retention rates and the alignment of students career and education goals (Tinto, 1987; Richardson, 2013), will be highlighted here as strategies that should be utilized by advisors. Personal Perspective on Advising Students The three authors of this article have reached out to their colleagues and peers, in addition to examining the economics data, to get a handle on how best to advise biology students. We chose to look at advising strategies and the BLS data in order to cre- ate a combination of perspectives on the advising experience and how advisors should be appropri- ately counseling students in high school and col- lege about being a biology major. Our views about advising rest squarely on the shoulders of NACADA, which defines academic advising as a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning out- comes. Academic advising synthesizes and contex- tualizes students educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and
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