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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.

Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology

The aim of the disciplines of CMMB is to understand how the molecules within a particular cell type carry out these specialized functions.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Research and laboratory: Administer biological tests; collect and preserve field organisms; laboratory procedures and safety.

Analytical: Analyze and memorize large amounts of information; interpretation of experimental or laboratory results; observe and make measurements on organisms; analyze data for trends.

Teamwork: Oversee, supervise and contribute to a project.

Communication: Conduct research and present findings in written format; public speaking and oral communication skills; write scientific technical and non-technical reports.

Organizational: Manage time effectively; set goals; meet deadlines; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; data, time and resource management.

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Bacteriological Technician
  • Biological System Specialist
  • Biologist
  • Bio-Safety Officer
  • Biostatistician
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Cardiovascular Researcher
  • Cell Biologist
  • Control Analyst
  • Disease Area Corrector
  • Environmental Officer
  • Inspection Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Life Skills Counsellor
  • Meat Microbiologist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Molecular Genetics Technologist
  • Pathology Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Plant Molecular Biologist
  • Quality Control Microbiologist
  • Radiographer
  • Research Scientist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technician
  • Testing Development Scientist
  • Toxicology Consultant
  • Ultra Sound Technologist

Potential Industries

  • Agricultural
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Community Health, Epidemiology
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Education
  • Environment & Pollution Control
  • Food & Beverage Manufacturers
  • Food Safety
  • Government
  • Health Policy & Administration
  • Hospitals and Medical Centres
  • Health Promotion & Patient Advocacy
  • Medical Research
  • Pathology
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Research & Development
  • Testing Laboratories
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Zoos, Aquariums, National or Provincial Parks

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.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Main office: BI 186
T: 403.220.3140

Clubs on Campus:

Biology Student’s Association 

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020