Is ecology not a good direction for me?

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      Hi everyone I applied to some plant biology programs for grad school but I don’t think I will get into any of them be because they are quite prestigious and my gre and grades are not amazing.

      I’m thinking of getting research experience for a year and applying next year. I’m looking at lab tech jobs for anything biology related.

      I originally wanted to do plant science or ecology but a research scientist recently told me that ecology is not a good idea. He says there is very little funding. That got me thinking about which fields are a good idea to get into in biology.

      At first I was very repelled at the idea of working in biomedicine but I’m thinking now that I should keep my options open.

      The fields I’m thinking of right now are mostly:
      Plant biology (specifically plant chemistry and natural products research)
      Environmental microbiology
      Environmental science/atmospheric science
      Toxicology/air and water quality
      Anything environment related

      If I had to work in biomedicine the issues I find interesting are:
      Cancer biology
      Molecular biology of aging
      How nutrition affects epigenetic markers
      Neurodegenerative diseases
      Genetic diseases/genomic medicine
      Gene therapy gene counseling

      My major is biochemistry which is typically more useful for biomedical research. I was also passionate about environmental biology though and plants in particular. However I want to know which field is a good idea or not please and thank you.

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