Biomedical Science

Are you fascinated by biological processes and want to understand how cells and organisms react to medicines in the search for cures to illnesses? Do you want to pursue a hands-on career in the medical field, whether in the laboratory, in industry or in the operating room? Studying Biomedical Science will expose you to the fundamentals of biomedicine and will prepare you for a great variety of careers from research and the sciences to entrepreneurship.

Career Options in Biomedical Science

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Biomedical Science degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Biomedical Science than others.

  • Biological Engineer
  • Biotechnician
  • Child Health Specialist
  • Community Health Educator
  • Cytologist
  • Dietician
  • Drug Developer
  • Endocrinologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food Scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Gerontologist
  • Immunologist
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Media Correspondent
  • Medical Technology Developer
  • Medical Writer
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Naturopath
  • Non-Profit Organization Worker
  • Optometrist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Researcher
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Biomedical Science Degree

A background in Biomedical Science ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • Sound understanding of basic biological processes and mathematical principles and applied theory
  • The ability to tackle and solve problems and carry out experiments using the scientific method
  • Extensive laboratory exposure and familiarity with techniques and procedures in laboratory settings
  • Understanding of cellular processes and cell-level analysis

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project's intended end result
  • The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.