Biology - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Biology.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • The skills and knowledge to contribute to the discovery of solutions to problems that is often of immediate concern to society, medicine or industry
  • Knowledge of life's organisms, how life systems are linked and the ability to study the impact of changes in the environment on these life systems
  • Skills in conducting research, data collection and analysis using laboratory/field techniques
  • The ability to gather, assess, evaluate, interpret and then communicate technical and scientific data to both the scientific and non-scientific communities
  • An understanding of scientific process and the ability to formulate and test hypotheses/ideas using an objective and analytical focus
  • The ability to identify and develop effective resources/materials to demonstrate scientific findings

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Agronomist
Animal Services Worker
Animal Trainer
Aquaculturist
Arborist
Biochemist
Bioinformatics Specialist
Biologist
Biomedical Engineer
Biophysicist
Biotechnologist
Biotech Investment Analyst
Botanist
Cardiovascular Technician
Chiropodist
Chiropractor
Conservation Officer
Crime Scene Analyst
Cytologist
Cytotechnologist
Dentist/Hygienist
Ecologist
Entomologist
Environmental Consultant
Fisheries/Marine Biologist
Fitness Consultant
Food and Beverage Inspector
Food and Drug Inspector
Forensic Technologist
Forester/Park Ranger
Geneticist
Gerontologist
Greenhouse Manager
Health Care Administrator
Health Compliance Officer
Health Policy Consultant
Health Spa/Resort Operator
Horticulturist/Florist
Hydrologist
Immunologist
International Dev’t Consultant
Laboratory Technician
Landscaper
Marine Biologist
Materials Tester
Medical Illustrator
Medical Librarian
Medical Professional
Microbiologist
Museum Technician
Naturopath
Nutritionist/Dietitian
Park Warden/Ranger
Pathologist
Pest Control Consultant
Pharmacologist
Physiologist
Prosthetics Developer
Public Health Educator
Quality Assurance Manager
Science Writer
Teacher/Professor
Technical Sales Representative
Technical Writer
Toxicologist
Veterinarian
Water Quality Inspector
X-Ray Technician
Zoologist

Potential Employers

Agricultural Agencies
Alternative Health Companies
Biotechnology Companies
Botanical Gardens
Environmental Organizations
Fisheries
Food/Beverage Manufacturers
Food/Drug Consulting Firms
Government
Health Consulting Firms
Hospitals/Clinics
Law/Drug Enforcement
Medical/Health Organizations
Museums
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Health Organizations
Research Institutions
Science Journals
Spas and Resorts
Testing Laboratories
Wellness Centres
Zoos/Parks

Websites

American Institute of Biological Sciences - aibs.org
Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology - scwist.ca
Science and Technology - Government of Canada - science.gc.ca
Canadian Bioethics Society - bioethics.ca
BioTalent Canada - biotalent.ca
Canadian Health Information Management Association - echima.ca
Biology WebDirectory - biologydir.com
Canadian Healthcare Technology - canhealth.com
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement  - cfhi-fcass.ca
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists - camrt.ca
The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists - cseb-scbe.org
Canada's Health Informatics Association - coachorg.com

Job Posting Sites

BiologyJobs - biologyjobs.com
Environmental Careers - environmentaljobs.com
NewScientist Jobs - jobs.newscientist.com
EarthWorks Jobs - earthworks-jobs.com


Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.


This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.





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