Careers in the Biological Sciences

Pursuing a career in biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. Studying biology teaches us to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems. Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.

Carleton University Biology graduates are continuously successful at gaining employment in industry, government, and academic sectors.

The degree program is designed to be a qualification in itself and many Carleton graduates take positions in government and industry directly upon graduation. The degree is also an entry point for various graduate (Master’s and Doctorate) programs.

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Career Resources

Carleton Career Services is a valuable resource to all Carleton students and alumni and will provide career exploration information, resume writing tips, interview tips, job search tools, and many other resources.

Carleton Co-operative Education is an option for students in B.Sc. programs. You can gain at least 12 months of practical work experience in settings such as:

  • government laboratories
  • Environment Canada
  • biotech companies
  • museums

For biology-specific co-op questions, contact the Biology Co-op Advisor:

Potential Hiring Institutions

  • Local, provincial, and federal government agencies (public health, parks, natural resource management)
  • Hospitals (medical technology, allied health fields)
  • Educational institutions (high schools, colleges, universities)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Plant and animal industries
  • Utility companies and industries (environmental health)
  • Biotechnology companies