Majors and Careers
MICR OB IOLOGY
About Microbiology and Career Options
Immunology Microbiologists work in almost every industry including food and
agriculture to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and health care.
The Microbiology program is designed to familiarize This program provides a practical grounding for elds as diverse
students with the biology and pathogenesis of viruses, as genetic diagnosis and gene therapy, forensics, industrial
bacteria, yeast and multicellular parasitic organisms. microbiology and molecular evolution. The list of possible
The Department also has a si gni cant teaching program careers found below represents only a subset of the career
in Cellular and Molecular Immunology. The Immunology options that might be available to you. The career options
program is designed for students interested in containing an * will require additional education and/or training
fundamental questions in molecular immunology, tumor beyond a bachelor’s degree.
immunology, autoimmunity or in ammation, and
defenses against microbial infection. When students consider the question “What can I do with a
major in Microbiology and Immunology?”, they are usually
Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie thinking about the kind of job they might get using only their
microbiology.medicine.dal.ca/ major. But there is another way of looking at this question and
that is this ... your marketability will also be related to other
factors such as the skills and interests you have developed both
within and outside your area of academic
When you are in study. These factors will play a signi cant role
Career Cruising university and taking on your gaining entry level into a company or
courses, it is easy to organization and once you’ve got your foot in
An interactive career guidance resource that the door your career progression within it. It is
overlook what skills you important to draw on your voluntary work, part-
includes in-depth pro les of hundreds of
di erent careers, detailed information on are building and how time and summer work, as well as your
colleges and universities, multimedia they will relate to the social activities to demonstrate the
interviews with real people in every career real world. variety and scope of your interests and
and much more. experience.
Forensic Laboratory Technician * Molecula r Biologist * Clinical Research Associate
Food Technologist * Epidem iologist * Allergologist
Biological Researcher * Pharmacist * Professor
* Waste Management Program
Research Assistant * Scienti c Writer
To access Pharmaceutical Sales Quality Control/Assurance
www.careercruising.com Representative Specialist
To obtain the username * Immunologist * Virologist * Biotechnology Engineer
and password, visit us
* Microbiologist * Bacteriologist Water Quality Inspector
on the 4th Floor, SUB.
* Mycologist * Pathologist * Research Administrator
Dalhousie Counselling Services
Professional Associations Page 2
Virtually every profession has its own representative group.
There are real bene ts to joining one in your chosen eld
and/or visiting their website. This will enable you to keep
up-to-date on what’s currently going on in your eld and to
learn about upcoming events. They are often an excellent
source of career information and are increasingly becoming
a good source of online job postings.
Association of Medical School Microbiology and
Canadian Society for Immunology Books speci cally related to
Microbiology and Immunology
Canadian Society of Microbiologists
American Society of Virology The Frank G. Lawson Career Information Centre has over
www.asv.org 1500 books and other print resour ces to assist you as you
begin to explore your academic and career planning options.
The Career Information Centre also maintains a collection of
did you know ... academic calendars for Canadian, U.S. and overseas
Why not drop by the 4th oor, Student Union Building, and
• Professional associations often o er see for yourself what we have to o er?
discounted student membership rates?
A sample of books on hand that are relevant to a major in
• A student membership will help you to Microbiology and Immunology:
build your network of professionals in • What You Can Do With a Science Degree
your eld? by Dave Redekopp, Allison Betton and Mary Munro
• Opportunities in Medical Imaging Careers
• As a student member, you will be able by Cli ord J. Sherry
to attend the group’s conferences? • VGM’s Career Portraits: Science
by Jane Kelsey
• Great Jobs for Biology Majors
• Student membership is an excellent by Blythe Camenson
resume builder? • Real People Working in Science
by Jan Goldberg
just read it ...
“ Great Jobs for Biology Majors by Blythe Camenson is a great book for any student
entering the workforce. Inside you will nd information for microbiologists and
immunologists. Explore the career paths of clinical technicians and technologists,
while discovering the necessary steps to landi ng a job in your eld. This book also
o ers information on resume writing, co ver letters, networki ng and interviewing.
Dalhousie Counselling Services
Labour Market Information Page 3
It is sometimes tempting to make assumptions about a career eld based upon
what you see in the media. However, in order to nd a career that ts your
talents, interests and lifestyle, it is im portant that you set aside some time to
research those occupations that are of speci c interest to you. A number of
user-friendly web resources currently exist that can provide you with up-to-date
and objective labour market information. These websites include information
on typical job duties, trai ning and educational requirements, career paths,
salaries and wages, employment tre nds and potential employers.
The following is a list of websites
that students at Dalhousie have found
1 My major will determine
my career choices.
Success is directly related
Canadian National Occupational Classi cation (NOC)
www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca to money and status. 2
Job Futures There is only one right
www.jobfutures.ca 3 career for me.
Labour Market Information (Local LMI across Canada)
I should choose a career
that’s in high demand.
Choosing a career is a
5 simple process.
Considering Advanced Studies? Most students know their major
and career goals when
If you are interested in pursuing advanced studies, you will rst have to give
some serious thought to your motivation for pursuing graduate level study and
they enter university. 6
how obtaining an advanced degree will t into your long term career plans. It is
I’ll have only one career
important to talk with your professors about your decision to pursue graduate
studies. They will be familiar with the wo rk you have done, wi th your interests 7 in my lifetime.
and abilities, and may be ab le to point you toward a good program or potential
supervisor. Study at the graduate level takes a lot of determination and I don’t need to go to the Career
con dence, dedication, hard work, passion , intelligence and considerable skill.
Information Centre until
Thus, it is not a decision to be taken lightly.
my nal year. 8
There are many web resources that will he lp you to identify programs that will
be a “best t” for your particular area of interest. Here are several of them: Graduate schools
9 require speci c
To obtain the username and password, visit us on the 4th Floor, SUB. I should know what I want to
do before I see a
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
career counsellor. 10
Canadian Virtual University
Dalhousie Counselling Services
Dalhousie Page 4
Picture this. It’s late at night. You’re tossing and turning.
You’re feeling overwhelmed about all those troubling career Frank G. Lawson
questions centered around “What am I going to do with my
life?” Making choices about majors and careers or deciding Career Information Centre
whether or not to pursue advanced studies is an important
part of your experience at Dalhousie. Our career counsellors
Dalhousie Counselling Services’ Frank G. Lawson Career
can help you to make sense of the options available to you
Information Centre houses a wide collection of career and
and provide you with the skills required to make informed
academic resource materials.
educational and career choices. Through career counselling
you will begin to focus on where you are, where you should
Here you can find information on majors and careers, job
be going and just how you are going to get there. Together
descriptions and career profiles, labour market
you and your career counsellor will work on what next steps
information, job search resources, career portfolios, career
are best for you.
planning, universities and their course offerings, study/
work abroad, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
Our professional counsellors have careers that are deeply
meaningful to them – that is, helping students like you to
The Centre is arranged for easy self-service access to its
achieve your educational and career goals.
resources. Career Information Assistants are also
available to help you find information.
Appointments can be made to see a counsellor by calling
494-2081 or dropping into:
Dalhousie Counselling Services Centre
4th floor, Student Union Building Click to take a
Career counselling is offered as a free and confidential
of the Centre!
service to students of Dalhousie University, University of
King’s College and the Nova Scotia College of Art and
students tell us
“ I was graduating and had no idea what I was going to
do. The resources at the Career Information Centre
were invaluable in helping me find my way.
- 4th year Biology major
I liked how helpful everybody was. It’s a place where
you can go to get all kinds of career information and
lots of friendly advice.
- 3rd year Sociology major
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