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 (Careercruising and 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

Chemical engineers

Other professional engineers, n.e.c.

  • Bioelectrical engineer
  • Biomechanical engineer
  • Biomedical engineer


  • Biochemist
  • Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist

Dietitians and nutritionists

  • Public health nutritionist

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter

Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

  • Chemical processing plant foreman/woman
  • Water treatment plant foreman/woman

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

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

Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing

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

Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

  • Technical sales representative

Biologists and related scientists

  • Bacteriologist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Plant anatomist
  • Protozoologist

Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Patent agent
  • Consulting firms
  • Educational institutions
  • Environmental and conservation organizations
  • Federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • Research organizations

College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

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 Agri-Food Canada
  • Ambico Limited
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Ensyn
  • Industry Canada
  • The Ottawa Hospital
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Réhabilitation Centre
  • Univeristy of Ottawa 
  • VBI
  • Alcoa
  • Apotex
  • Aptalis Pharma
  • Bayer
  • Ehvert Mission Critical
  • Genzyme
  • Multi Options Nursing - MON+
  • Nordion
  • Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute
  • Æterna Zentaris
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • InSymbiosis
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Agrisoma
  • BioAtlantech
  • Celator Pharmaceuticals
  • Innovotech
  • Lungpacer
  • Notocord
  • Oncolytics Biotech
  • Stemcell Technologies
  • Viventia Biotechnologies
  • Alere
  • Asymchem
  • Celgene
  • Cementation
  • Cirtec
  • Newton
  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
  • Rhodia
  • Sanofi
  • Solvay
  • TEVA
  • WorleyParsons
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Amgen
  • Biogen Idec
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Life Technologies
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Tetra Tech

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.

  • BIOTECanada
  • Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology
  • Centre québécois d'innovation en biotechnologie CQIB
  • Council for Biotechnology Information
  • Engineers Canada
  • Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization 
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
  • The Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers - AIChE 
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - ASABE
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization 
  • Institute of Biological Engineering 
  • Missouri Biotechnology Association
  • Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 
  • Swiss Biotech Association