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.

Biologists and related scientists

  • Bacteriologist
  • Embryologist
  • Laboratory immunologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Ornithologist
  • Pharmaceutical bacteriologist
  • Physiologist
  • Plant anatomist
  • Regulatory toxicologist
  • Wildlife naturalist
  • Zoologist

Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

  • Pathology assistant

Inspector in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

  • Technical sales representative

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter


  • Biochemist
  • Chemist

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Patent agent

Architecture and science managers

  • Life sciences program manager
  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

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. 

  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • Health Canada
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Ottawa Health Research Institute
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Bayer
  • Brenntag
  • Cangene
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency
  • Oxy Vinyls
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Viventia Biotechnologies
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Aeterna Zentaris
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • Environment Canada 
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • ProMetic
  • Sandoz
  • Thallion Pharma
  • Prince Edward Island BioAlliance
  • ResVerlogix
  • Sylvar Technologies
  • 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.

  • Canadian Policy Research Networks - CPRN
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Society for Life Science Research
  • Life Sciences British Colombia
  • Life Sciences Ontario
  • PCI Geomatics
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Date modified: 2023-07-19