Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruisingand Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Occupations related to this program


  • Agricultural chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Bioanalytical chemist
  • Pharmacological chemist

Biologists and related scientists

  • Bacteriologist
  • Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Pharmaceutical bacteriologist

Chemical technologists and technicians

  • Chemical analyst
  • Chemical
  • biochemistry technologist
  • Chemical laboratory analyst
  • Food technologist

Biological technologists and technicians

  • Biological laboratory technologist
  • Microbiology quality control technologist

Corporate sales managers

  • Product manager
  • Regional sales manager
  • Sales representative

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Natural and applied sciences program officer
  • Natural resources policy analyst

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Drug and alcohol abuse consultant
  • Health care consultant
  • Health care planner
  • Health promotion program officer
  • Health services researcher
  • Mental health programs consultant

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter

Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Scientific instrument sales representative
  • Technical sales representative

Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing

  • Brewer supervisor
  • HACCP co-ordinator
  • Production supervisor – food and beverage processing

Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

Managers in social, community and correctional services

  • Counselling services manager
  • Social services centre manager
  • Social work director
  • Volunteer services director

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • Health Canada
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Ottawa Health Research Institute
  • Variation Biotechnologies
  • Apotex
  • Aptalis
  • AstraZeneca Canada
  • Bayer
  • Dalton Pharma Services
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Kingston General Hospital
  • Pfizer
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • Duchesnay
  • Héma-Québec
  • Merck
  • MethylGene
  • ProMetic
  • Sandoz
  • Shire
  • Thallion Pharma
  • BioAlberta
  • BioVectra
  • Emergent Biosolutions
  • Innovotech
  • Oncothyreon
  • Prince Edward Island BioAlliance
  • ResVerlogix

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science 
  • Life Science Association of Manitoba - LSAM
  • Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology - FASEB
  • International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science
  • World Hellenic Biomedical Association

Date modified: 2023-07-06