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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
  • environmental consultant
  • fisheries biologist
  • genetic counsellor
  • laboratory technician
  • medical professional
  • microbiologist
  • naturopath
  • pharmacist
  • public health professional
  • quality assurance manager
  • research associate
  • teacher/professor
  • 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

Online Resources

  • Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology
  • Canadian Bioethics Society
  • Canadian Health Information Management Association
  • Biology WebDirectory
  • Canadian Healthcare Technology
  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
  • The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
  • Canada's Health Informatics Association 

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • biological technologist
  • lab analyst
  • quality assurance technician
  • research assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Doctor: Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic.
  • Master’s degree: Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Integrative Biology, Neuroscience.
  • College program: Biotechnology, Respiratory Therapy, Environmental Engineering.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Nursing, Education, Radiological Technology.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • bioanalytical scientist
  • naturopathic doctor
  • pharmacist
  • quality assurance lead
  • senior research associate
  • veterinarian
  • wildlife biologist

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

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.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • 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 Skills

  • 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.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • 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.

Contact Us:

Tricia Lutz, Undergraduate Program Assistant

E: bioundergrad@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2189
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, Room BA401, Waterloo campus