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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Biochemistry Skills & Knowledge

Science Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Design and carry out experiments such as protein expression, identification, quantification and purification to generate data for collection and further analysis
  • Conduct ethical and safe research practices by following appropriate guidelines and procedures
  • Utilize appropriate biochemistry techniques such as protein and DNA electrophoresis, Western blotting, spectroscopy, microscopy, mass spectrometry, molecular cloning, proteomics, bioinformatics, and statistical analysis
  • Develop and evaluate solutions to overcome obstacles and make informed decisions in complex situations
  • Evaluate the scientific, social, ethical and political implications of integrating biochemistry knowledge to areas outside of the fields
  • Utilize and evaluate primary scientific literature as well as biological and bioinformatic databases to collect information, identify appropriate methodologies to solve problems
  • Effectively present research to peers and to the general public in verbal and in written form
  • Apply statistical methodologies to biomedical research to acquire data for analysis

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Biochemistry website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Biochemistry

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experien

  • Research Technologist in Healthcare
  • Medical Writer in Pharmaceutical Marketing
  • Financial Advisor in Banking
  • Source Production Technician in Medical Supply Sales
  • Account Manager in Medical Supply Sales
  • Lab Technician in Post-Secondary
  • Production Technician in Medical Supply Sales
  • Marketing Analyst in Pharmaceutical Corporation
  • Media Preparation Analyst in Medical Supply Sales
  • Investment Management Analyst in Federal Government
  • Reactive Chemicals Subject Matter Expert in Chemical and Plastics Manufacturing
  • Senior Program Manager in Federal Government
  • Program Specialist in Federal Government
  • Senior Manufacturing Associate in Biotech
  • Research Support Program Officer in Federal Government

  • Government Administration
  • Lab Technology
  • Business or Financial Analysis
  • Health and Wellness
  • Research and Development
  • Medical Writing
  • Sales
  • Quality Assurance and Management
  • Food Production and Safety
  • Lab Management
  • Medicine and Chiropractic Practice
  • Project Management
  • Medical Device Engineering
  • Healthcare Management
  • Policy Analysis

  • Lab Technologist
  • Physician
  • Clinical Development Scientist
  • Technical Officer
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Pharmacist
  • Technical Standards Officer
  • Quality Assurance Officer or Specialist
  • Reactive Chemical Expert
  • Technology Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Lab Manager
  • Chiropractor
  • Radiology Resident
  • Study Manager
  • Clinical Development Associate
  • Biochemist
  • Research Technician or Associate
  • Research Support Program Officer

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

You can also connect with the Science Student Success Centre which helps undergraduate students define and achieve their academic, career, and social goals.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network