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

Corporate sales managers

  • Product manager
  • Regional sales manager
  • Sales representative


  • Agricultural chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Bioanalytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist

Biologists and related scientists

  • Bioinformatician
  • Molecular biologist
  • Molecular geneticist
  • Pharmaceutical bacteriologist
  • Physiologist
  • Systems biologist
  • Toxicologist

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

Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

  • Chemical processing plant foreman/woman
  • Pharmaceuticals production supervisor

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

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

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 coordinator
  • Production supervisor – food and beverage processing

College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research 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.

  • Agriculture and Agro-Food Canada
  • A&A Pharmachem
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency 
  • Drugstore Pharmacy Loblaws
  • Environment Canada
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Health Canada
  • Iogen Corporation
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Nordion
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Spartan Bioscience
  • University of Ottawa
  • Almat Pharmachem
  • Apotex
  • Aptalis
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Dalton Pharma Services
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Transition Therapeutics
  • Aeterna Zentaris
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • Duchesnay
  • Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
  • InSymbiosis
  • Medisca
  • Merck
  • MethylGene
  • Pfizer
  • Sandoz
  • Angiotech
  • Aquinox
  • BioAlberta
  • BioVectra 
  • Celator Pharmaceuticals
  • Emergent Biosolutions
  • Xenon

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.

  • Life Science Association of Manitoba - LSAM
  • Life Sciences Ontario
  • Life Sciences British Colombia
  • International Biopharmaceutical Association Alliance
  • International Biopharmaceutical Association
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation
  • Chinese-American Bio/Pharmaceutical Society

Date modified: 2023-07-06