Biologists & Biological Technologists
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Biologists conduct research to learn more about living organisms and ecosystems, manage natural resources, and develop new practices and products in such diverse fields as environmental conservation, medicine, pharmacology, forestry, forensics, nanotechnology, biosynthesis and pest control. (alis)
Biological technicians do routine analysis and technical work in the field, lab or both. They provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers. They may work in agriculture, environmental science, resource management, plant and animal biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, or health sciences. (alis)
There are many different biology specializations and types of biologists. In addition to the resources below, view the list of biologists in the 'Related Occupations' section (bottom of the page) to locate more specialized information.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) Biologist Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - Biologists U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Biologist Alberta-based occupational information
- OCCinfo by alis - Biological Technician Alberta-based occupational information
- ECO Canada profiles - Conservation Biologist, Wetland Biologist, Restoration Biologist, and more
- BioTalent Canada's Bio-Economy career profiles - Chief Scientific Officer, Regulator Affairs Specialist, Clinical Research Assistant, and more
- BioTalent Canada's BioCareer Pathways - for Lab Workers, Research Assistant, Research Scientist, and more
- Biology Career Overview - from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- A Day in the Life of a Biologist - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- A Day in the Life of a Research Technician - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Careers in the Biological Sciences - from the American Institute of Biological Sciences
- A day in the life of a cell biologist - from Nature: International journal of science
- Interview: Research Biologist - from Scitable by Nature Education
- Article: How work as a research technician can bolster your scientific career - Nature
- UM Career Mentor profile - Biologist & Environmental Assessment Project Manager
- Let's Talk Science Career Profiles:Research Assistant (Joint & Bone Health)
- Career Profiles: Biomedical Scientist
- Career Profiles: Regulatory Affairs Associate
- Career Profiles: Research Assistant (Bioinformatics/Computational Biology)
- Career Profiles: Academic-Industrial Liaison
- Career Profiles: Education and Knowledge Exchange Specialist
- Career Profiles: Stem Cell Scientist
- Discover your Future in Healthcare: Health Researcher - University of Manitoba
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Biological Sciences - Faculty of Science
- Department of Environment and Geography - Faculty of Earth, Environment & Resources
- Faculty of Agricultural & Food Science - offers programs in Agroecology, Agronomy, Plant Biotechnology, Animal Systems
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Labour market information
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- Canada Job Bank - Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region)
- Canada Job Bank - Career Planning - Fields of Study - facts and figures for Biology (Diploma, Bachelor's, Master's)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
- Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
- Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
- Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
- Canadian Society of Microbiologists
- Canadian Association for Anatomy, Neurobiology and Cell Biology
- Canadian Society of Plant Biologists
- Council of State Biosciences Associations (U.S.)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- BioTalent Canada - Human resource info & biotechnology skills development
- BIOTE Canada member listing - Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba - members
- Innovative Medicines Canada - corporate members
- Manitoba Environmental Industry Association - Member Directory
- Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
- Association of Zoos and Aquariums (North America) - list of accredited zoos and aquariums
- Research Facilities Navigator - from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
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