University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of one’s career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.
- Ability to operate laboratory equipment and to employ appropriate lab techniques
- Ability to organize, analyze and interpret scientific data
- Analytical and problem solving skills
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Skills in testing material and products to determine potential reactions and interactions
- Ability to make critical observations of environmental and chemical interactions
- Ability to synthesize compounds with selected properties
- Ability to identify the presence and concentration of chemical pollutants in the environment
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 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.
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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 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 (and )* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the . 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 (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.
Occupations related to this program
- Pharmaceutical chemist
A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or in a related discipline; a master’s or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist; provincial licensing is compulsory in Quebec and voluntary in Ontario and Alberta
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
- 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
Agricultural and fish products inspectors
- Fish products inspector
- Fruit and vegetables inspector
- Grain inspector
- Livestock inspector
- Meat inspector
A bachelor's degree biology, chemistry or a related discipline; several years of experience in agricultural production or fish processing are usually required; completion of in-house training courses is required
Other professional occupations in physical sciences
- Soil scientist
A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics, metallurgy or a related physical science discipline; a master’s or doctoral degree is required for employment as a research scientist
Inspector in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
A bachelor’s degree in a discipline such as chemistry, environmental studies, or health and safety; in provinces other than Quebec, public health inspectors require certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
- 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
Biologists and related scientists
- Molecular biologist
- Pharmaceutical bacteriologist
- Plant anatomist
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
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
A bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, or a related discipline; a master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or biostatistics is required; academic and senior level positions require a doctoral degree
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
Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
- Assistant 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
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, .
- Program and Project Management
- Healthcare Services
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 presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary 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.
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 also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.
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.
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 or (registration with a @uOttawa.ca email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).
North America (excluding Canada)
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. 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.
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
Job search sites
Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.
Date modified: 2016-06-17