Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
One major, endless possibilities:
If you want to explore how life works from a biochemical, cellular and molecular perspective, then you will be interested in this program. Study cells, genes, metabolism and nucleic acids.
For more information, visit the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry website.
Skills You Will Develop
You will acquire specific knowledge and competencies during your program of study. While the skills and knowledge may be directly applicable to your major, your other skills – research, project management, team work, and problem solving – for example, are valuable skills that you can transfer to a wide range of careers depending on what you want to do and what is important to you.
Your skill set and knowledge is not limited to your course work or academic experiences. Remember to take into account the skills that you’ve gained outside the lecture hall or seminar room -- through your work experiences, volunteering, extra-curricular and leisure activities. There are hundreds of student clubs and leadership opportunities supported by SFSS and DIRECTIONS: Explorations in Action, Leadership and Change. Check out other Personal and Professional Development Programs.
What are the Career Possibilities?
Did you know, that only about two percent of adults claim to be working in the occupation they planned when they were eighteen years old (Krumboltz, Levin, 2004)? Your future career is going to be influenced by many factors – the economy, political events, technology and chance occurrences – some of which you have no control over. In addition to investigating some of the common careers associated with your major (see the list below) why not look beyond your major and open yourself up to other possibilities.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list and some of these careers require further education and/or training/designations or experience.
- Animal Scientist
- Assistant Scientist
- Bioinformatics Specialist
- Biomedical Researcher
- Chemistry Technician
- Clinical Lab Technician
- Fish and Wildlife Technician
- Food Technologist
- Forensic Biotechnologist
- Forensic Specialist
- Genetics Counsellor
- Grad School Student (Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Naturopathy, Veterinary)
- High School Teacher
- Medical Lab Technician
- Molecular biologist
- Public Health Microbiologist
- Quality Assurance Technician
- Quality Control Microbiology Analyst
- Research Assistant
- Scientific Journalist
- Technical Analyst
Potential Work Environments
You can advance your career in any work environment because you can build skills, gain experience and develop networks in a variety of settings, and locations. What if you are unable to land a position in your preferred career in your work place of choice? What else could you do and where could you add value to your potential career? You need not always aim for big corporations or government departments. Consider working in small to medium business and non-profit organizations. Your experience may help you get a clearer view of your preferred future, and along the way you are likely to acquire some interesting experience.
- Biotechnology and Energy Firms
- Colleges, Universities, & Private Schools
- Crime Labs (& Other Forensic Science Orgs)
- Diagnostic & Quality testing Labs
- Fish and Wildlife Industries
- Geological/Agricultural Firms
- Gov’t Agencies (Municipal, Provincial, Federal)
- Health Maintenance Organizations
- Hospitals/Other Medical Agencies
- Industrial/Chemical Manufacturing Firms
- Inspection & Monitoring Agencies/Boards
- Microbiology Consulting Firms
- Mining Companies
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Pharmaceutical Companies (Sales, Design,Manufacturing)
- Public & Private Research Fields (Agricultural, Chemical, Environmental)
- Science-Specific Recruitment Agencies
- Technical Supply Companies
- Text-Based Companies (eg. Scientific Journals)
- Water Testing/Treatment Organizations
Related Professional Associations and Sites of Interest
Professional associations are a valuable resource for occupational research, and work search. The professional associations cited here may also offer career information, job boards, networking opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. They are invaluable in your career exploration in that they allow you to access a myriad of resources and publications, and link you to other sites of interest. Take action, do some research on these associations, and consider joining a professional organization. You never know who you might meet or where the affiliation might lead.
- BioTalent Canada
- Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops
- Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
- Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology
- Canadian Society of Forensic Science
- International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Life Sciences British Columbia
- SFU Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Student Union
- Student Biotechnology Network
Career Development and Work Search Resources
Occupational & Career Information
Whether you know what you want to do or you haven't yet made up your mind, you should take action to increase the odds of making choices that will benefit you. To help you get started, click the link below to learn about your "dream" career and other careers you may want to consider. Who knows, while exploring these resources you may broaden your knowledge about what's out there and open the door to other career possibilities. What you'll notice is that there is no one plan rather a range of options.