Why study Biology

With a B.Sc. in Biology, there are several career opportunities. These include environmental consulting, regulatory work in government agencies, laboratory work in cell and molecular biology or in animal and plant physiology, education and research, and a lot more!

What can I do with my studies?

Explore the SASS website featuring :

  1. Potential occupations for your study program (choose your “Biology” specialisation in the scrolling list), for each level attained;
  2. Tips on how to acquire relevant experience, as well as some potential employers and;
  3. Job search sites:

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Graduate Studies

Graduate studies are another option. Students with a BSc in Biology can enter graduate programs in all areas of biology

Whom to talk to?

  • Book a Career Counselling appointment with professionals at the Careers Service
  • Meet one of our professors who have agreed to act as “Vocational advisors” - email them for an appointment, they are awaiting your visit!

Cellular/Molecular Biology

Ecology/Evolution/Behaviour

Physiology

Interdisciplinary:

What did they do with their studies?

Table 1. Current occupations of UO Biology Alumni

Source: "Undergraduate End of Program Survey" 2009-2012

Total

59

100

Category

N

%

Teacher/Teaching assistant

15

25

Sales/Customer service

9

15

Laboratory tech/supervisor

7

12

Research technician/assistant

7

12

Out-of-the-field

5

8

Admin/Management

4

7

Medical sciences

4

7

Communication

3

5

Governmental

3

5

Human resources

2

3

 

Table 2. Occupations of UO Biology Alumni 2004-2014

Source: Department of Biology Professors

 

Specialisation

Degree

Job Title

Employer

BIM

BSc

Nurse studies

uOttawa

BIM

BSc

Lab research assistant

uOttawa

BIM

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

BIM

BSc

Medical school

UWO

BIM

BSc

Medical school

Yale U

BIM

BSc

Graduate studies

McGill U

BIM

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

BIM

BSc

Medical school

Poland

BIM

BSc

Medical school

 

BIO

BSc

Graduate studies

U Toronto

BIO

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

BIO

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

BIO

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

BIO

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa (CMM)

BIO

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

BIO

MSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

BIO

BSc

Chinese medicinal studies

U Toronto

BIO

BSc

Graduate studies

Queen's U

BIO

BSc

Graduate studies

 McGill U

BIO

BSc

Graduate studies

UBC

BIO

BSc

Nurse studies

 

BIO

BSc

Safety evaluation officer

Health Canada

BIO

BSc

Medical school

Queen's U

BIO

BSc

Medical school

 McGill U

BIO

BSc

Teacher

 

BIO

PDF

Professor/Researcher

U Calgary

Bioengineering

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Bioinformatics

MSc

Graduate studies

U Toronto

Bioinformatics

MSc

Bioinformatician

OHRI

Bioinformatics

MSc

Graduate studies

U Edingburg

Bioinformatics

MSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Bioinformatics

MSc

Bioinformatician

IMS

Bioinformatics

MSc

Data analyst

Health Canada

Bioinformatics

PhD

Senior statistician

Sanofi Pasteur

Bioinformatics

MSc

Graduate studies

U Toronto

Bioinformatics

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Bioinformatics

MSc

Graduate studies

Edinburgh

Bioinformatics

MSc

Postdoctoral student

USDA

Bioremediation

PhD

Postdoctoral student

Queensland U, AUS

BPS

MSc

Genomic services coordinator

DNA Genotek

BPS

BSc

Lab Researcher

Celltrion, Korea

BPS

BSc

Sales representative

DNA Genotek

BPS

BSc

Medical school

UWO

BPS

BSc

Research assistant

Capital Health, Halifax

BPS

BSc

Pediatrician

 

Cell/Mol

MSc

DNA Genotek

Cell/Mol

MSc

Law school

 

Cell/Mol

BSc

Graduate studies

On-line John Hopkins

Cell/Mol

MSc

Research technician

Molecular taxonomy, AAFC

Cell/Mol

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Cell/Mol

BSc

Graduate studies

U Toronto

Cell/Mol

MSc

Researcher

Iogen (Biotech Co.)

Cell/Mol

PhD

Postdoctoral student

AAFC

Cell/Mol

BSc

Medical school

McMaster U

Cell/Mol

MSc

Research associate

Oak Ridge Nation Laboratory

Cell/Mol

MSc

Technician

Pharmagap, Ottawa

Cell/Mol

PhD

Risk assessment

CFIA

Cell/Mol

PhD

Researcher

Health Canada

Cell/Mol

BSc

Nursing

 

Cell/Mol

BSc

Postdoctoral student

(USA)

Cell/Mol

BSc

Technician

AAFC

Cell/Mol

BSc

Dentistry

U Toronto

Cell/Mol

BSc

Graduate studies

UNBC

Cell/Mol

Research associate

Stanford U

Cell/Mol

BSc

Review commission

 

Cell/Mol

PhD

Postdoctoral student

UCLA

Cell/Mol

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Cell/Mol

MSc

Research technician

Health Canada

Cell/Mol

PhD

Professor/Researcher

McGill U

Cell/Mol

PhD

Research technician

AAFC

Cell/Mol

MSc

Scientific evaluator

Health Canada

CSI

MSc

Programmer

Statistics Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

BA

UOIT

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist

Gatineau Park

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist

NCC

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist

AECL

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Laval

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Environmental special projects

City of Sault Ste. Marie

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Graduate studies

Queen's U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Ecologist

Pacific Northwest Ntl Lab

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Teacher

La Cite Collegiale

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Environmental services

 

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

Carleton U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist, species at risk

CWS

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Sample reception and entry coordinator

Maxxam Analytics

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

York U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Laval

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Laval

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Biologist

CWS

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Biologist

Trace Associates

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Biologist

NCC

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Program officer

NSERC

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Research technician

Carleton and UO

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Executive director

Evidence for Democracy

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

McGill U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist

St. Lawrence River Institute

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Epidemiologist

Department of National Defence

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

Carleton U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Fish biologist

Rescan Environ. Services

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Assistant ecologist

Ontario Nature

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Graduate studies

U Calgary

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Postdoctoral student

Trent U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

GeoHealth specialist

HealthBridge

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Sherbrooke

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

BSc student

U de Montreal

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

McMaster U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

Carleton U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

UC Berkeley

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Edinburgh

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Instructor

La Cite Collegiale

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Environment Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Environmental scientist

Kilgour and Associates

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Large class coordinator

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

High school teacher

Ottawa Catholic Board

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Engineer (herpetology)

CERA

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Postdoctoral student

Canadian Rivers Institute

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Sherbrooke

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Administrative assistant

Government of Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Environmental technician

Fort Folly First Nation Band

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Plant breeder and pathologist

 

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Instructor

Carleton U

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Professor/Researcher

U Notthingham

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Laboratory technician

Civic Hospital

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Environmental activist

 

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Biologist

CCPA

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

U Windsor

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist

CNC

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Biologist

Gatineau Park

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Biologist

Environment Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Laboratory technician

OHRI

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Veterinary school

U Saskatchewan

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Analyst

Statistics Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Program analyst

Government of Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Species at risk biologist

OMNR

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

UBC

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

Graduate studies

INRS-Eau

Ecol/Evol/Behav

BSc

High School teacher

 

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Ecological risk evaluator

Environment Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

MSc

Water integration and reporting

Environment Canada

Ecol/Evol/Behav

PhD

Manager, research and environment

Aboriginal Affairs Canada

EVS

BSc

Graduate studies

 

EVS

BSc

Graduate studies

UQAM

Mathematics

MSc

Postdoctoral student

BMI

Physiology

PhD

Professor

uOttawa

Physiology

BSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Physiology

MSc

Graduate studies

UQAR

Physiology

MSc

Manager in statistics

Hôpital Montfort

Physiology

PDF

Postdoctoral student

U Lyon, France

Physiology

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Physiology

BSc

Dentistry

U Toronto

Physiology

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Physiology

MSc

Plant supervisor

Unk Pharmaceutical Co

Physiology

BSc

Medical school

U Toronto

Physiology

BSc

Nurse studies

U Toronto

Physiology

MSc

High school teacher

Ville de Gatineau

Physiology

BSc

Environmental law student

U Victoria

Physiology

MSc

Ecological risk assessor

Ministry of the Environment

Physiology

PhD

Postdoctoral student

UBC

Physiology

BSc

Graduate studies

UQAR

Physiology

BSc

Medical school

U Toronto

Physiology

BSc

Medical school

Royal College of Surgeons

Physiology

BSc

Graduate studies

U PEI

Physiology

MSc

Program manager

NSERC

Physiology

PDF

Professor/Researcher

U Brasilia, Brazil

Physiology

BSc

Epidemiologist

uOttawa

Physiology

PhD

Assistant professor

IIB-Intech, Argentina

Physiology

PhD

Science lecturer

U Guelph

Physiology

BSc

Medical school

uOttawa

Physiology

MSc

Technician

AgriFood Canada

Physiology

MSc

Research and innovation

NSERC

Physiology

MSc

Graduate studies

McGill U

Physiology

BSc

Wildlife biologist

Environment Canada

Physiology

MSc

Graduate studies

uOttawa

Physiology

PhD

Professor/Researcher

uOttawa

Statistics

BSc

Graduate studies

Emory

Toxicology

MSc

Environmental scientist

Government NWT

Toxicology

MSc

Research scientist

Intrinsik

Toxicology

MSc

Risk assessor

Golder

Toxicology

MSc

Media technician and writer

In Lebanon

Toxicology

PhD

Professor/Researcher

University

Toxicology

MSc

Scientist

Health Canada

Toxicology

MSc

Regulator

Health Canada

Toxicology

PhD

Postdoctoral student

University

uoCal

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