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Faculty of Science
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Explore Your Possibilities
According to Workopolis, almost one third of Canadians have 5 to 10 different jobs in one career, and one in every four has more than 10 different jobs in one career (Workopolis, 2015).
Explore the list of job titles below for ideas about what you could do with your major. Remember your choice of major is not all there is to you, and organizations hire people, not majors.
Some of the occupational titles reflect jobs of SFU Alumni, and others are occupations commonly associated with each major. Jobs that typically require further education are also listed.
Make a list of options you are most curious about, then start exploring the possibilities.
Options commonly associated with the major
- Prosthetic/Orthotic Fitting Expert
- COVID Contact Tracer
- Research Assistant
- Chiropractic Asst & Laser Technician
- Recreation Leader
- Lab Facilitator
- Sports Medicine Assistant
- Personal Trainer
- Recovery & Return-to-Work Specialist
- Bioscience Officer
Job titles beyond the typical options
- Sales & Training Representative
- Residential Program Worker
- Access Aide for Persons with Disabilities
- Sterilization Maintenance Asst
- Optometrist Asst
- Seating & Mobility Consultant
- Scientific Writer
- Regulatory Compliance Officer
- Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator
- Medical Sales Rep
Possibilities with additional education or training
- Clinical Researcher
- Exercise Physiologist
- Biomedical Scientist
Fields of Work
There are myriad fields where you could find yourself following your undergraduate degree. For example:
- Arts and Culture
- Scientific and Technical
What fields interest you? If you are uncertain, take the initiative and start exploring different fields. If your preferred fields turn out to not be what you expected, pause. Technology, climate change, automation, globalization and other factors may impact these fields and offer new or different opportunities.
The North American Industry Classification System gives you an overview of all industries and their subsectors.
Core Skills (Major-Specific)
In the course of your undergraduate degree you’ll develop a wide array of skills. While many of these skills encompass essential skills and 21st-Century skills, you’ll also develop job specific skills. These are the specialized knowledge and skills you’ll gain through your courses and are unique to your discipline.
Content knowledge and technical skills vary widely between occupations and are generally only used in one line of work. The type of skills that you’ll need depend on the scope of the work.
You want to understand what skills you developed and the one’s you want to use, so when someone asks you about your discipline content knowledge and skills you can speak clearly and confidently about them.
+ MAJOR Specific Skills
- Display clear knowledge of the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms including cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals
- Conduct basic procedures for the assessment of the status and performance of the individual according to the principles of anthropometry, functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning
- Understand the structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds
- Utilize concepts of mathematics such as Riemann sum, definite and indefinite integrals, integration techniques, and applications of integration in various situations
- Examine physiology and pathophysiology of the nervous system, skeletal muscle and connective tissue
- Interpret principles and concepts of the transmission of genetic information treated comparatively in man, animal, plant and microbe
- Analyze waves and optics, electricity and magnetism, as well as modern physics emphasizing radioactivity with applications taken from the life sciences
You’ll need these skills to perform different tasks and at varying levels of complexity in education and work environments depending on the what further education you pursue and on the nature of the work. The Government of Canada and other organizations such as the World Economic Forum report that these skills are increasing in importance and are highly valued and sought after by employers.
Through each of the different events and experiences in your life (education, work, travel, hobbies and extra-curricular activities) you have developed a diverse range of these skills, probably more than you realize.
Through extensive research, the Government of Canada along with other agencies have identified and validated key literacy, essential and employability skills. These skills are used in nearly every career and throughout daily life and are instrumental in helping you enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work.
There are plenty of opportunities and different ways to get involved in activities, programs and services outside of the classroom to learn and grow. By engaging in student leadership programs, volunteering, paid work, and student clubs and groups, you’ll develop new skills, make connections, and gain experience.
Explore a diverse range of inclusive events, services, and community outreach opportunities for students, staff, alumni and friends of SFU.
Explore on-campus opportunities like workshops and events, as well as volunteer and paid positions.
Want to gain experience and earn money while studying? Consider applying to the co-op program
Apply for on-campus volunteer and paid positions, participate in career and leadership development programs and workshops, and access your Co-Curricular Record.
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Access job postings, volunteer opportunities, and register for workshops and events.
Related Professional Associations
Professional associations are a valuable resource for occupational research, work search and building connections. They may offer career information, job boards, networking, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and additional resources.
Take your career exploration one step further by doing your own research. Here are some organizations and resources to get started.