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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • analytical chemist
  • biochemist
  • brewmaster/winemaker
  • chemical information specialist
  • chemical safety officer
  • chemical/drug sales representative
  • food and drug analyst
  • fragrance developer
  • hazardous waste expert
  • health care professional
  • industrial quality control expert
  • inorganic chemist
  • laboratory analyst/technician
  • occupational health/safety officer
  • pharmacist/pharmacologist
  • product tester/developer
  • quality assurance manager
  • soil tester
  • special effects developer
  • teacher/professor
  • technical science writer
  • toxicologist
  • water quality analyst/technician

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • biotechnology industry
  • chemical distributors
  • chemical manufacturing plants
  • chemical testing companies
  • chemistry consulting firms
  • cosmetic companies
  • distilleries and breweries
  • entertainment industry
  • environmental firms
  • food/beverage manufacturers
  • government
  • health protection agencies
  • hospital research labs
  • oil/petroleum refineries
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • police/forensics labs
  • quality control labs
  • research institutions
  • testing laboratories

Online Resources

  • Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry
  • Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario
  • Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation
  • Earthworks-Jobs

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • chemical operator
  • environmental engineer
  • lab technician
  • quality control technician
  • raw material analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Environmental Science Toxicology, Chemical Physics.
  • College program: Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs, Chemical Engineering, Food Science Technology.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Nursing.
  • Doctor: Chiropractic, Medicine.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • atmospheric scientist
  • inside sales and marketing
  • lab analyst
  • medical writer
  • pharmacist
  • quality and compliance manager
  • research and development chemist

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of chemical properties related to environmental concerns and health/safety protocols.
  • Test materials and products to determine potential concerns, reactions and interactions.
  • Make critical observations of environmental and chemical interactions.
  • Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the health and safety of products, materials and the environment.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of laboratory techniques for studying chemical processes and reactions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the reactions and interactions of chemicals and chemical products, and the ability to use this knowledge to locate and explain potential reactions and hazards.
  • Anticipate potential negative consequences of chemical and environmental incidents and gain the knowledge to plan for, minimize and manage the impact of these incidents.

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

  • Plan, conduct, document and clearly explain and present scientific research to both the scientific and non-scientific communities.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • biochemist/biotechnologist
  • brewmaster
  • crime scene analyst
  • crop/agricultural scientist
  • drug trial assistant/researcher
  • environmental consultant
  • epidemiology researcher
  • forensic lab analyst
  • hazardous waste expert
  • health policy consultant
  • immunologist
  • industrial hygienist
  • laboratory technician
  • materials production tester
  • natural resources manager
  • pharmacist
  • pharmacologist
  • physician
  • public health inspector
  • quality assurance manager
  • soil tester
  • teacher/professor
  • technical sales representative
  • technical/science writer
  • toxicologist
  • water quality analyst/technician

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • agricultural agencies
  • alternative health companies
  • biotechnology companies
  • environmental organizations
  • food/beverage manufacturers
  • government
  • health consulting firms
  • medical/health organizations
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • research institutions
  • science journals
  • testing laboratories

Online Resources

  • BIOTECanada
  • Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry
  • Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
  • Biochemical Society
  • BioTalent Canada

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • chemical marketing representative
  • environmental specialist
  • lab analyst
  • sample preparation technician

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Neuroscience.
  • Doctor: Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • advanced practice nurse
  • application scientist
  • bioanalytical scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • microbiology lab technologist
  • quality assurance specialist
  • senior information security analyst

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

  • Contribute to the discovery of solutions to problems that are often of immediate concern to society, medicine or industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function, and interaction of biomacromolecules.
  • Develop and master experimental skills.
  • Measure, analyze and interpret data.
  • Develop an understanding of scientific process and the ability to formulate and test hypotheses/ideas using an objective and analytical focus.

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

  • Gather, assess, evaluate, interpret and then communicate technical and scientific data to both scientific and non-scientific communities.
  • 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

  • Identify and develop effective resources/materials to demonstrate scientific findings.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Jane Davidson, Administrative Assistant

E: jadavidson@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2148
Office Location: Science Building, N3013A, Waterloo campus

Ian Hamilton, Department Chair

E: chemchair@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2669

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