Program Overview

Program Requirements 

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of graduate programs offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.

Graduate programs

  • Biomedical engineering (MASc)
  • Health administration (MHA)
  • Bioinformatics (collaborative: MSc, MCS)
  • Biology (MScPhD)
  • Biochemistry (MScPhD)
  • Microbiology and Immunology (MScPhD)
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine (MScPhD)
  • Human and Molecular Genetics (collaborativePhD)

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. They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.

*To obtain the access codes of these websites, visit your InfoWeb account.

Occupations related to this program



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

A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related discipline is required. A master's or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist


Biologists and related scientists

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

A bachelor’s degree in biology or in a related discipline; a master’s or doctoral degree in biology or in a related discipline is required for employment as a research scientist in biology


Chemical technologists and technicians

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

Some chemical technologists and technicians working in support of fundamental research in chemistry or biochemistry are university graduates


Biological technologists and technicians

  • Biological laboratory technologist
  • Microbiology quality control technologist

Some technologists working in support of government and academic research in biology are university graduates


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

A bachelor's degree in a related scientific or technical discipline; a master's degree in a related scientific discipline may be required


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

A bachelor's degree or college diploma in health science, public administration, recreation administration or hospital administration, or a bachelor's degree in social science or a related discipline, is required


Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter

A bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to museum and gallery work; on-the-job training programs may also be required


Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

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

A bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the product or service; experience in sales or in a technical occupation related to the product or service may be required


Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing

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

Post-secondary education in microbiology or chemistry may be required for some positions in this group


Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

A bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline; a master's or doctoral degree in a scientific discipline; several years of experience in a related scientific field


College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

A bachelor's degree in the field of instruction; a master's degree in the field of instruction may be required; a certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required


Managers in social, community and correctional services

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

Managers in social, community and correctional services usually require a master's degree in a social science or administrative discipline; progression to senior management positions in social, community and correctional services is possible with additional training and experience


Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher

Related field

Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn

Related Fields

  • Education
  • Sales 
  • Administrative
  • Community and Social Services
  • Support     

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The Employability Skills 2000+ presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary checklist can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.

All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible toacquireexperience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.

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.


Canada Abroad

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces.

In Canada

Ottawa/Gatineau Region Ontario

Quebec Other provinces and territories


The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit Skill Clear or MyWorldAbroad (registration with a email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).

Established globally North America (excluding Canada)

South America Europe

Asia Africa

Oceania Others

Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.

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 Provincial and territorial

American International

Job search sites

Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.

Canadian International

General Job Search Websites 

Date modified: 2016-07-06