Careers for biochemists and microbiologists

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During your labs, you’ll learn the techniques and get the skills necessary to successfully land a career in any field, whether it’s research, healthcare, education or biotechnology.

What can I do with a degree in biochemistry and microbiology?

Our programs emphasize practical lab techniques and methods, giving you the skills necessary to launch your career.

You’ll get the opportunity to work on real projects with our researchers and see how their work makes an impact. Many students use their studies of biochemistry and microbiology to qualify for medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Career options for biochemistry and microbiology graduates:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Epidemiology
  • Food quality analyst
  • Immunology
  • Industrial chemistry
  • Research assistant
  • Medical technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Quality control analyst
  • Teacher/instructor
  • Toxicology

More information from UVic Co-op + Career Services (PDF)

Develop your career

Meet our alumni

Bethel Lulie

Research Analyst
BC Stats

The BC Student Outcomes project collects feedback from former post-secondary students through annual surveys, which help shape the provincial public post-secondary education system. Bethel is responsible for data validation and verification, survey support as well as support of institutional researchers involved in this project. Read more

BSc - Biochemistry (2017)

Kate Bourne

Student researcher
University of Calgary

Kate is a graduate student in the Autonomic Investigation and Management Lab at the University of Calgary. The focus of her research is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Individuals with POTS often face misdiagnosis and suboptimal treatment strategies due to lack of recognition and understanding of this disorder. Read more

BSc - Microbiology (2018)

Azad Eshghi

Research Scientist

Azad develops assays for protein quantification in complex biological samples. An example is quantification of 250+ proteins in a finger prick volume of blood that has been dried on a filter paper. His team uses specialized analytical methodologies to do this termed ultra-high performance liquid chromatography multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry. Read more

PhD - Biochemistry & Microbiology (2012)

David Dilworth

Postdoctoral Fellow
Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto

David works within a network of academic and industry scientists to answer fundamental questions in human cell and molecular biology. Through his research, he aims to broaden knowledge of the molecules that define life in the hopes that this knowledge can one day be applied in the treatment of human disease. Read more

PhD - Biochemistry & Microbiology (2017)