Biochemistry & Biotechnology - 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 Biochemistry & Biotechnology.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • knowledge of the structure and biological function of the molecules in living organisms and the relationship to medical/environmental concerns and health/safety protocols
  • The skills and knowledge to contribute to the discovery of solutions and the creation of products to manage scientific/environmental problems that is a concern to society, medicine or industry
  • An awareness of how to manipulate and alter genetic information in animals and plants to improve them in some way that benefits people and the environment
  • Skills in testing materials and products to determine potential concerns, reactions and interactions
  • Ability to make critical observations of environmental and chemical interactions
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the health and safety of products, materials and the environment
  • An understanding of reactions and interactions of chemicals and chemical products and the ability to use this knowledge to locate and explain potential reactions and hazards
  • 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
  • An understanding of the scientific process and the ability to formulate and test hypotheses/ideas

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.)

Biomedical Engineer
Biotechnology Investment
Building/Site Inspector
Chemical Safety Engineer
Colour Analyst
Consumer Protection
Crime Scene Analyst
Crop/Agricultural Scientist
Drug Trial Assistant/Researcher
Environmental Cleanup
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Impact Assessor
Epidemiology Researcher
Fabric/Textile Designer
Farm Manager/Farmer
Film Developer/Tester
Fisheries/Marine Biologist
Food and Beverage Inspector
Forensic Lab Analyst
Forensic Scientist
Forester/Park Ranger
Greenhouse Manager
Hazardous Waste Expert
Health Care Administrator
Health Compliance Officer
Health Policy Consultant
Health Spa/Resort Operator
Industrial Health Engineer
Industrial Hygenist
Instrument Calibration
Laboratory Technician
Materials Production Tester
Medical Illustrator
Medical Librarian
Natural Resources Manager
Occupational Health/Safety
Pest Control Consultant
Public Health Educator
Quality Assurance Manager
Soil Tester
Special Effects Developer
Technical Sales Representative
Technical/Science Writer
Water Quality
X-Ray Technician

Potential Employers

Agricultural Agencies
Alternative Health Companies
Biotechnology Companies
Botanical Gardens
Environmental Organizations
Food/Beverage Manufacturers
Food/Drug Consulting Firms
Health Consulting Firms
Law/Drug Enforcement
Medical/Health Organizations
Pharmaceutical Industry
Research Institutions
Science Journals
Testing Laboratories
Wellness Centres


BIOTECanada -
Biotechnology Industry Organization (U.S.) -
Canadian Society for Bioengineering -
Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres -
Science - Government of Canada -
Canadian Bioethics Society -
BioTalent Canada -

Job Posting Sites

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Environmental Careers -
Sciencejobs -
The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists -
EarthWorks Jobs -

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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