WCIDWMM - Agriculture Biotechnology

What Can I Do With a Major in Agriculture Biotechnology

Agricultural Biotechnology examines agriculture and the natural world, emphasizing the relationships between food production, the environment, science, and society. The program focuses on the life sciences, with prominence given to the application of Biotechnology in agriculture. It also delves into agriculture’s associated sectors including government, policy development, farm production, environmental implications, and agricultural sciences. 

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology offers students the opportunity to study in a lab-intensive multidisciplinary program, with instruction provided by the Departments of Biological Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Economics. The Program provides excellent practical experience with special emphasis on issues, research, and courses related and relevant to agriculture and biotechnology. Students may also choose to pursue a concentration in Agricultural Business. 

Students interested in Agricultural Biotechnology can complete: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Biotechnology) 

The combined degrees leverage synergies with other Bachelor programs and open up additional career opportunities.   

 

For more information contact the Faculty of Arts and Science: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/agricultural-biotechnology 

 

Skills

  • Able to Work in a Laboratory 

  • Accuracy and Precision 

  • An Aptitude for Social Science & Agriculture 

  • Communication 

  • Computer Knowledge 

  • Critical Thinking 

  • Detail Oriented 

  • Interest in the life sciences (i.e. Biology, Physics, Chemistry &Mathematics) 

  • Interpret Facts & Figures 

  • Leadership 

  • Logical Thinking 

  • Meet Deadlines 

  • Organizational 

  • Problem Solving 

  • Research 

  • Self-Motivated 

  • Teamwork 

  • Willing to Work in Rural Areas & Production Plants 

  • Work Independently 

Work Environment 

Biotechnology is at the root of growth in several technological and academic areas in industry and science. Graduates of this program work in a wide variety of organizations such as agribusiness firms, nature centers, forestry services, departments of agriculture or natural resources, wildlife organizations, food processing companies, agricultural magazines and websites, newspapers and other public relations, provincial and federal parks, non-profit organizations, or commercial venues dealing with farm products, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals and seeds. A Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Studies or Agricultural Biotechnology also provides an excellent foundation for studies in Management, Medicine, Environmental Law, or Veterinary Sciences 

 

Key Areas of Specialization: 

Plant Biotechnology, Crop Production, Agricultural Engineering, Enzymology and Molecular Biology, Plant Hormone Production, Water Toxicology, Beef Processing in Canada, Pest Control, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Environmental Science 

Career Possibilities 

These jobs are normally intended for new graduates and require 0 to 2 years of experience. It is important to note that many entry level positions require some related experience or demonstrated ability to perform job-related tasks. Even those positions that do not require experience will still prefer an experienced candidate if one is available. 

 

  • Agricultural Research Assistant 

  • Agriculture/Environmental Research Coordinator 

  • Associate Grain Marketing Advisor 

  • Associate Production Supervisor 

  • Development & Licensing Associate 

  • Field Research Assistant 

  • Field Trail Compliance Associate 

  • Parent Seed Agronomist 

  • Production Intern 

  • Research Associate 

  • Seed Production Trainee 

  • Summer Production Assistant 

  • Summer Resource Technician  

  • Summer Field Technician 

  • TD Agriculture Services Associate 

  • Vegetation Coordinator  

  • Vegetation Crew Leader 

  • Vegetation Management Field Assistant 

These jobs generally require extensive, relevant work experience and/or further education. 

 

  • Aerologist 

  • Agricultural Commodity Inspector 

  • Agricultural Engineering  

  • Agricultural Technician 

  • Agronomic Research Associate 

  • Agronomist 

  • Air Quality Specialist 

  • Analytical Chemist 

  • Animal Breeder 

  • Animal Health Technologist 

  • Animal Science 

  • Animal Services Worker 

  • Application Support Specialist 

  • Aqua-culturist 

  • Arborist 

  • Assistant Research Professor 

  • Associate Production Planner 

  • Biochemist 

  • Bioethicist 

  • Bioinformatics Specialist 

  • Biologist 

  • Biologist Application Maintenance 

  • Biologist Application Support 

  • Biological Science Technician/Technologist 

  • Biosafety/Biosecurity Officer 

  • Botanist 

  • Biological Technician 

  • Biostatistician 

  • Biotechnologist 

  • Cellular Biologist 

  • Crop Agronomist 

  • Entomologist 

  • Environmental Scientist 

  • Farm Consultant 

  • Field Scientist –Crop Protection 

  • Field Trial Coordinator 

  • Food Inspector 

  • Food Science Technologist 

  • Food Scientist 

  • Forester 

  • Forestry Technician 

  • General Agricultural Biotechnology Advisor 

  • General Agricultural Business Manager     

  • Grain Inspector 

  • Horticulturist 

  • Immunologist 

  • Junior Technical Lead 

  • Lab Technician/Technologist 

  • Landscape and Horticultural Technicians/Specialists 

  • Life Sciences  

  • Manufacturing Technician 

  • Meat Inspector 

  • Medicine 

  • Nursery/Greenhouse Grower 

  • Pest Management & Biocontrol 

  • Pesticide Residue Scientist 

  • Platform Design Lead 

  • Plant Ontology Lead 

  • Plant Pathology 

  • Plant Sciences Recruitment Officer 

  • Poultry Inspector 

  • Product Delivery Customer Advocate 

  • Product Manager 

  • Production Coordinator 

  • Project Leader 

  • Quality Assurance Auditor 

  • Quality Control Analyst 

  • Rangeland Evaluation & Management 

  • Research Assistant/Technician 

  • Research Entomologist Waterman 

  • Resource Economist 

  • Seed Production Technician 

  • Staff Scientist 

  • Bioinformatics 

  • Staff Software Engineer 

  • Swine Technician 

  • Taxidermist 

  • Toxicologist 

  • Tree Care Specialist 

  • Test Engineer 

  • Tree Harvester 

  • Vegetable Inspector 

  • Veterinary Technician 

  • Waste & Compost Management  

  • Water Resource Management 

On average people change their careers three to five times in their lifetime. So, no matter what major you choose, you may still be interested in opportunities totally unrelated to your program of study. We encourage you to be open to all possibilities! Your undergraduate degree can be a springboard for other educational pursuits, and your transferable skills and experience can prepare you to work in a multitude of settings

  • Agricultural/Farm Equipment Technician 

  • Audit Services 

  • Business Insight & Analytics Manager 

  • Cartographer 

  • Chemical Technologist 

  • Clinical Coordinator  

  • Conservation Officer 

  • Crime Scene Investigator 

  • Dairy Producer 

  • Documentation Specialist 

  • Ecologist 

  • Economist 

  • Environmental Consultant 

  • Environmental Economist 

  • Epidemiologist  

  • Exploration Geophysicist 

  • Explosives Specialist  

  • Forensic Laboratory Analyst 

  • Geological & Geophysical Technologist 

  • Geologist 

  • GIS Specialist 

  • Hazardous Waste Management Technologist 

  • Hydrometric Technician & Technologist 

  • Land Agent 

  • Land Surveyor 

  • Livestock and Poultry Producer 

  • Manufacturing Technician 

  • Market Research Analyst 

  • Marketing Advisors  

  • Microbiologist 

  • Operation Research Analyst 

  • Patent Administrator 

  • Pathologist 

  • Pet Groomer 

  • Pharmacologist 

  • Physical Sciences Technician/ Technologist 

  • Pollution Control Technologist 

  • Pricing Officer/Manager 

  • Private Investigator 

  • Programmer Analyst 

  • Public Administration 

  • Sales Consultant 

  • Sales Representative 

  • Senior Buyer/Planner 

  • Senior Formulation Chemist 

  • State Affairs Manager 

  • Water Treatment Plant Operator 

  • Water & Wastewater Operator 

  • Wildlife Technician 

Useful Resources

Add Value to Your Degree

The more you do to differentiate yourself, the more likely you are to succeed in building a fulfilling career path for yourself. It takes more than just attending classes to stand out amongst other students and new graduates. Become an explorer! Try new things, challenge yourself, build unique skills, and connect with diverse people.

Use the ideas listed below to help you brainstorm experiences to add value to your degree. For more ideas on experiential opportunities at the University of Lethbridge, view the Student Experience Transcript. 

Making connections with others is one of the best ways to learn about the world of work and gain access to career-building opportunities. Making meaningful connections with people is often called building a network.  Building these connections can give you access to jobs before they are posted, or to jobs that are not publicly posted. Employers like to hire people they have already built relationships with, and are more likely to hire people who have been recommended by trusted colleagues and friends.

Start building your network by attending Career Fairs and other on-campus recruitment events found on the Career Services Events page within the Career Bridge portal. Get introduced to career professionals in a welcoming and approachable way through uLethbridge Connect at Ten Thousand Coffees. Consider joining a professional association to help you find opportunities to meet experienced professionals in your field, find training opportunities, be paired with a mentor, or get involved in committees or other volunteer positions.

Co-operative Education allows you to earn income through real-world work experience that is related to your academic studies. Completing a co-op work term provides you with an opportunity to build your skills in a practical work setting, network with employers, and increase your marketability after graduation.

 

Co-operative education is available to undergraduate and graduate-level students within a variety of programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Dhillon School of Business, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Faculty of Health Sciences. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how co-op works here.

The Applied Studies program offers you the opportunity to earn academic credit for learning gained through employment or volunteer experiences. Placements provide skill development and experiential learning related to your studies by integrating principles learned in the classroom with practical situations encountered on the job.

Participating in clubs and running for student government are great ways to build employability skills, learn how to work with others, and demonstrate your leadership abilities.

The University of Lethbridge Students’ Union is committed to building a rewarding and enriching experience for undergraduate students. They have positions for Executive Council members and General Assembly members, as well as an extensive list of ratified clubs, offering opportunities to get involved in areas of interest and in leadership positions.

The Graduate Students’ Association’s mandate is to identify and advocate for graduate student needs. They have GSA Executive positions, GSA Council positions, and a mentorship program for incoming students.  

 

The University of Lethbridge provides many different opportunities to gain research experience in addition to the required courses in your degree program.

An independent study is a chance for you to design your own research project for course credit under the supervision of a professor of your choice. Course work usually requires independent library research and/or field work and/or a major term paper. For more information, meet with an Academic Advisor and the Department or Faculty member under whom you wish to pursue an Independent Study.

You can also opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis Course. This will allow you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree and is a great springboard into graduate studies and professional programs. Fourth-year standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.30 is required to complete an Honours Thesis; it is also helpful to have previous research experience like Independent Studies. For more information, contact the Department or Faculty member under whom you with to pursue your Honours Thesis.

The Office of Research and Innovation Services has a wealth of information on additional research opportunities for students, including Student Funding, Student Research Positions, AGILITY, and events. The School of Graduate Studies has information on Research Opportunities/Graduate Student Positions and GA/Co-op/Internship Opportunities. If you are interested in building your research portfolio, do not miss out on these opportunities!

International experience builds valuable employability skills like adaptability, multi-cultural awareness, and the initiative to take on new challenges. Gain an international perspective by participating in Education Abroad opportunities like semester exchanges, study tours, field studies, work-study tours, internships, and more.  Learn about international careers and resources through MyWorldAbroad (available within the Career Bridge portal). 

 

 

 

Volunteerism is an excellent way to demonstrate your current skills, build new skills, and grow your network. If you are not sure where to get started, connect with UVolunteer, the University of Lethbridge’s partnership with Volunteer Lethbridge. If you already volunteer, UVolunteer can provide you with a framework to organize and document your volunteer work. If you are not sure how or where to get involved, UVolunteer can help you find volunteer opportunities that meet your needs and the needs of your community. Also consider volunteering with a local Board, Commission, or Committee