Have you always been intrigued by how humans use technology in unison with natural biological processes to improve the environment around them? Do you want to follow a career working at the crossroads of biology, engineering, technological innovation and science? Studying Biotechnology will allow you to develop sound theoretical as well as hands-on skills while exposing you to the major ethical issues raised by contemporary biotechnology. You will follow a program that will prepare you for a variety of paths, whether you wish to pursue a career in the medical or pharmaceutical professions, international development and aid, agricultural science or want to develop ideas to pursue your own entrepreneurial endeavor.
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 Biotechnology degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Biotechnology than others.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) Designer/Developer
- Community Health Educator
- Drug Developer
- Food Scientist
- Forensic Specialist
- Health Policy Advisor
- Hospital Coordinator
- Laboratory Technician
- Media Correspondent
- Medical Technology Developer
- Medical Writer
- Molecular Biologist
- Non-profit Administrator
- Technical Writer
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 Biotechnology Degree
A background in Biotechnology ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.
- Sound understanding of fundamental concepts of physics, biological processes and mathematical principles and applied theory
- Exposure to the ethical and legal questions raised by biotechnological advancements and the modification of biological organisms or processes in the quest of better living standards
- The ability to solve problems and carry out experiments using the scientific method
- Extensive laboratory exposure and familiarity with techniques and procedures in laboratory settings
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 ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
- The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work
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
- 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
- The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects
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.