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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
  • professor
  • quality assurance manager
  • soil tester
  • special effects developer
  • teacher
  • 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

Career Resources

Check out more career resources available in the Career Centre and through Navigator.

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.

23 Chemistry Graduates:

  • Employed: 37.5%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 56.3%
  • Looking for Work: 6.3%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • customer success manager
  • pharmacy assistant
  • QA chemist
  • raw material analyst
  • resource technician
  • technical writer

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Environmental Science, Management.
  • College program: Pharmaceutical and Food Service Technology, Regulatory Affairs, Environmental Engineering.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • atmospheric scientist
  • development chemist
  • forensic technologist
  • medical writer
  • operations director
  • pharmacist
  • training and development specialist

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

  • 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.
  • 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 

  • 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.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • 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
  • professor
  • public health inspector
  • quality assurance manager
  • soil tester
  • teacher
  • technical sales representative
  • technical/science writer
  • toxicologist
  • water quality analyst/technician

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

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

Career Resources

Check out more resources available in the Career Centre and through Navigator.

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.

12 Biochemistry and Biotechnology Graduates:

  • Employed: 66.7%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 33.3%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • environmental specialist
  • lab analyst
  • quality laboratory technician
  • researcher
  • sample preparation technician

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Stem Cell Technology and Regenerative Medicine.
  • Doctor: Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education.
  • College program: Clinical Research.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • application scientist
  • bioanalytical scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • chemistry technician
  • microbiology lab technologist
  • quality assurance specialist
  • project manager

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

  • 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.
  • 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 

  • 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.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • 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.