Biotech careers Canada

If you want to have an exciting job in biotechnology in one of the friendliest countries in the world, you need to look into the variety of biotech careers on offer in Canada.

A background in biotechnology will probably equip you very well for working in a laboratory, for instance as a lab assistant, lab manager, or a manufacturing technician. One of the biggest perks of such a career is that you get to wear white lab coats, which immediately makes you look super smart. Universities, government, and private companies are all major employers of laboratory workers.

Food science is one of the most interesting fields for biotechnology careers, and is extremely important, since everyone needs to eat. You can perhaps be the inventor of the next incredible synthetic flavour, or develop a potato chip that remains crisp for longer. Or you could develop fermentation bacteria for winemaking.

Agriculture is another, even more important biotechnology field. To date there has only been a limited number of commercially available biotech crops, mostly in the United States, but many careers exist in this field because safe, high yield crops need to be developed to address specific regional problems, for instance drought resistance. With newer technologies like CRISPR/Cas9, even more sought after possibilities can emerge, such as tastier, spoilage-resistant and disease-resistant fruits and vegetables.

But without a doubt, the most important biotech careers exist in the fields of medicine and pharmaceuticals. Genetic and stem cell research can enable scientists to diagnose and treat many infectious diseases, and perhaps in future develop cures for cancer and AIDS, and other incurable diseases. There is great interest in developing, for instance, preventative and curative cardiac medicine. When synthetic organs and heart valves can be created, it will cause a revolution in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

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