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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • bioinformatics specialist
  • biotechnologist
  • conservation biologist
  • dentist
  • dietician
  • environmental consultant
  • fisheries biologist
  • food safety inspector
  • genetic counsellor
  • government scientist
  • laboratory technician
  • land use planner
  • medical professional
  • microbiologist
  • naturopath
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • professor
  • public health professional
  • quality assurance manager
  • research associate
  • speech pathologist
  • teacher
  • technical sales representative
  • technical writer
  • toxicologist
  • veterinarian

Sample Industries / Types of 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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

128 Biology Graduates:

  • Employed: 48.0%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 50.0%
  • Looking for Work: 2.0%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • clinical research project coordinator
  • laboratory analyst
  • marketing science analyst
  • microbiologist
  • pharmacy assistant
  • science communicator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Doctor: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Chiropractic, Optometry.
  • Master’s degree: Animal Biosciences, Food Safety, Integrative Biology, Medical Science, Neuroscience.
  • College program: Clinical Research, Commerical Cannabis Production, Environmental Engineering, Food Safety and Quality Assurance.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Nursing, Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • biological technologist
  • naturopathic doctor
  • pharmacist
  • regulatory affairs and compliance associate
  • senior research associate
  • veterinarian
  • wildlife biologist

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Apply the principles of the scientific process – observation, hypothesis making, experimentation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, to formulate and test ideas using an objective and analytical focus.
  • Gather, assess, evaluate and interpret biological data, in both the laboratory and in the field, and communicate knowledge gained through those processes to both scientific and non-scientific communities.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding in the consistencies of structures and processes at the molecular level, in the highly diversified nature of life at the organism level, in the dynamics of species populations within their environments, and in the linkages and biological unity amongst life forms at the ecosystem and biosphere level.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • Acquire the skills, knowledge, attitude and creativity to contribute to the discovery of solutions to problems that are rooted in human-caused disturbances to biological systems, in order to protect, preserve and conserve Earth’s biota.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.