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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


The Biochemistry program imparts a comprehensive understanding of the chemistry of the building blocks of biological molecules, complex biomolecules and their structure and biological function.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analytical: Interpret results; make projections from data and determine probabilities; apply scientific concepts to solve problems.

Communication: Oral and written communication skills; organizational skills; ability to work independently and meet deadlines; presenting and communicating ideas clearly and articulately using current technology.                

Research:  Research skills; collection, analysis and interpretation of data using the appropriate laboratory and/or field techniques; organizing vast amounts of data.

Organizational:  Data, time and resource management.

Teamwork skills:  The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project.

Technical:  Ability to operate laboratory equipment and to employ appropriate scientific lab techniques; operate laboratory equipment and instruments.

Sample Job Titles

  • Agricultural or Soil Chemist
  • Analytical Biochemist or Chemist
  • Atmospheric/Environmental Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Trials Technician
  • Coatings Chemist/Protective Coatings Chemist
  • Colour Analyst
  • Control Chemist
  • Dairy Chemist
  • Data Analyst
  • Dentist
  • Detergent Chemist
  • Dietary Supervisor
  • Doctor
  • Drug Trial Researcher
  • Dye Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Electrochemist
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Environmental Impact Assessor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Fabric/Textile Designer
  • Fermentologist or Food Chemist
  • Food & Drug Inspector
  • Food and Beverage Tester
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic Lab Analyst
  • Geneticist
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Inorganic or Organic Chemist
  • Lab Systems Analyst
  • Lab Technician
  • Mass Spectrometrist
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nutritional Chemist
  • Occupational Hygienist
  • Organometallic Chemist
  • Petroleum Chemist
  • Physical Chemist
  • Plastics and Resins Chemist
  • Polymer Chemist
  • Protein Chemist or Enzyme Chemist
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Research & Development Specialist
  • Scientific Research Assistant
  • Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical/Science Writer
  • Textile Chemist
  • Theoretical Chemist
  • Therapeutic Dietitian
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Wood Chemist

Potential Industries

  • Administration
  • Agricultural
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Drug Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Food & Beverage Manufacturers
  • Food & Drug Consulting Firms
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Law/Drug Enforcement
  • Museums
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Science Journals
  • Technical writing
  • Testing Laboratories

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Featured Books

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Biological Science Building, Room 186
T: 403.220-3140

Clubs on Campus

Biological Students' Association

Chemistry Students' Chapter

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020