Career Options after Molecular Biology, Immunology and Disease

Career Options after Molecular Biology,  Immunology and Disease

What is Molecular Biology & Immunology?

Biology is a Life Science focused on understanding life and living organisms. Molecular Biology is the branch of biology that deals with the macromolecules essential to life. Immunology analyzes the immune system and its responses to pathogens and disease. (Source: Oxford Dictionary)

What makes Immunology & Disease at UTSC unique?

With a focus on immunology, students in this program will have the opportunity to complete courses related to immunology, biochemistry, microbiology, and pathophysiology.

Skills of Biology Grads

  • Collect, analyze and interpret data to make projections
  • Conduct and design experiments
  • Explore how organisms interact with the environment
  • Observe and make measurements on organisms
  • Research and analyze biological questions
  • Utilize statistical tests to predict outcomes
  • Write literature reviews and scientific reports
  • Chart the development of complex organisms

Immunology Skills:

  • Understand how the immune systems functions
  • Application of cell biology tools such as advanced microscopy and immunocytochemistry
  • Identification of immune cell proteins

Molecular Biology Skills:

  • Prepare and dispense precisely formulated solutions, even in Microliter quantities
  • Understand the application of electrophoresis, western blotting, chromatography and fluorescent protein technologies

Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Clinical Research Assistant in Hospitals
  • Laboratory Technician in Government Agencies
  • Sales in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies
  • Assistant Biologist in Food Inspection Agencies
  • Volunteer Coordinator in Non-profits
  • Teaching Assistant or Tutor in Private Schools
  • Quality Control in Biopharmaceutical Industry
  • Laboratory Assistant in Genetic Testing Services
  • Marketing Associate for Medical Devices
  • Underwriting Assistant in Insurance

The Career Directory

Molecular Biology Grads from UTSC have gone on to:

  • Apotex (Manufacturing Compliance)
  • Ozmosis Research (Clinical Trials Coordinator)
  • SQI Diagnostics (Process Development)

UTSC Biology graduates are working in Education, Healthcare and Business.

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • Biology - Master of Science
  • Sustainability or Environment - Master
  • Biotechnology - Master or Diploma
  • Medical or Dentistry School - MD or DDS
  • Nursing - Bachelor
  • Medical Laboratory Science - Diploma
  • Radiation Therapy or Radiological Technology - Bachelor and Advanced Diploma
  • Clinical Research - Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Regulatory Affairs - Post-Graduate Certificate

Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Biology Grads

  • Fundraising (Diseases, Disorders)
  • Government Services (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal)
  • Healthcare and Laboratory
  • Research Support
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Education
  • Production and Manufacturing
  • Insurance / Underwriting Services

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan

1. Do Your Research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:

Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.

Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:

  • Information Interviews
  • Working On-Campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.

Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and Charity Village.

As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.

As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.

3. Build Your Network

Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Biological Sciences website.