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Careers in Natural Sciences

Over the years, Canada has become a leader in many areas of science. The growth has led to a demand for workers with scientific knowledge and skills. With an undergraduate degree, you take a foundational step that could lead into many possible career directions.

Some graduates find entry level jobs in the various scientific fields. Others use their scientific background in complementary roles, such as scientific sales, marketing or communication, intellectual property of patent law, or teaching. The more specialization or responsibility involved in a scientific role, the more likely you’ll need to gain further education, typically through a graduate degree at the master or PhD level.

An undergraduate science degree is also excellent preparation if you’re aiming to eventually enter professional school for medicine, veterinary, dentistry, pharmacy or physiotherapy.  

“As I enter my final year, I’m planning ahead to complete a graduate research thesis in translational medicine. Through my experiences and connections here at Ryerson, and volunteering in a hospital ER, my end goal is a career in medicine as an ER physician.”

Gurleen Braich, Biomedical Sciences student

Careers in Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Biology is a huge area of science, with so many possible career paths. Here are just a few of the roles and sectors that you could explore.

Environmental
Agronomist
Botanist
Ecosystems Biologist
Environmental Planning Specialist
Habitat Management Biologist
Wetlands Biologist
Environmental Microbiology Analyst

Research
Clinical Research Coordinator
Cytotechnologist
Biochemist
Biophysicist
Geneticist
Molecular Biologist
Research Associate/Scientist
Scientific Liaison
Research Scientist

Healthcare
Bioinformatics Specialist
Cardiovascular Technician
Physician
Dentist
Epidemiologist
Embryologist
Genetic Counsellor
Pharmacologist
Speech-language Pathologist

Government
Biostatistician
Conservation Officer
Forensic Scientist
Pathologist
Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Animal Welfare
Marine Biologist
Veterinarian
Wildlife Biologist
Zoologist

Pharmaceutical
Medical Affairs Specialist
Regulatory Affairs Specialist/Associate
Quality Control Specialist
Research Scientist
Biotechnologist/Analyst

*This is not an exhaustive list - there are many more jobs and careers that may be right for you based on your interests and skills. Also, some occupations listed above may require further education and experience

Companies where our alumni have landed

Sunnybrook Hospital
Trillium Health Partners
University Health Network
Hospital for Sick Children
St. Michael's Hospital
Sanofi Pasteur
City of Toronto
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto District School Board

Roche
Advanced Chemistry Development Inc.
Coactuate
Taro Pharmaceuticals
Aquatech Dewatering Company Inc.
Locke Bio
Telus Digital
Cell Press
Everest Clinical Research
Biofect Innovations

Careers in Chemistry

Chemists find employment in a wide variety of industrial sectors. Here are just a few that chemistry graduates can pursue.

Did you know? More than 95%, external link of all manufactured products rely on chemistry.  

Agriculture
Agricultural Chemist
Environmental Chemist
Soil Chemist
Oceanographic Chemist

Government
Analytical Chemist
Environmental Chemist
Organic Chemist
Research Chemist
Regulatory Affairs Officer/Analyst

Healthcare
Analytical Chemist
Bioanalytical Chemist
Biochemist
Medicinal Chemist

Consumer Packed Goods
Food Chemist
Organic Chemist
Product Development Specialist
Quality Control Chemist

Pharmaceuticals
Clinical Chemist
Pharmacological Chemist
Research Chemist
Quality Control Chemist

Manufacturing
Coatings Chemist
Electrochemist
Polymer Chemist
Inorganic Chemist
Product Development Chemist
Process Development Scientist  

Clinical Research
Clinical Trials Manager
Project Manager

Business
Data Scientist
Account Manager

*This is not an exhaustive list - there are many more jobs and careers that may be right for you based on your interests and skills. Also, some occupations listed above may require further education and experience

Companies where our alumni have landed

Apotex
Sanofi Pasteur
University Health Network
Hospital for Sick Children
City of Toronto
Ontario Government
Ontario Power Generation
Taro Pharmaceuticals
Petro-Canada Lubricants
Alphora Research

Estee Lauder
Bureau Veritas Laboratories
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Cosmetica Laboratories
Maple Leaf Foods
Luminex Corporation
Gilead Sciences
Purdue Pharma
ElisDon
Shoppers Drug Mart