Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Biologists and related scientists conduct basic and applied research to extend knowledge of living organisms, to manage natural resources, and to develop new practices and products related to medicine and agriculture. They are employed in both laboratory and field settings by governments, environmental consulting companies, resource and utilities companies, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies and health and educational institutions.
anatomist, bacteriologist, bioinformatician, biologist, botanist, cell biologist, ecologist, embryologist, geneticist, histologist, immunologist, marine biologist, microbiologist, molecular biologist, parasitologist, pharmacologist, physiologist, protozoologist, toxicologist, virologist, zoologist.
- Plan and conduct studies of the environment, and of the population, distribution, structure and functional characteristics and behaviour of plants and animals
- Conduct ecological and environmental impact studies and prepare reports
- Study, identify and classify plant and animal specimens
- Conduct experiments in plant or animal growth, heredity and breeding
- Prepare reports and plans for management of renewable resources
- May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.
- Conduct research into the structure, function, ecology, biotechnology and genetics of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and algae
- Conduct research into the structure and functioning of human, animal and plant tissues and cells
- Conduct studies into the identification, effects and control of human, plant and animal pathogens and toxins
- Conduct clinical or laboratory studies to test, evaluate and screen drugs and pharmaceuticals
- Conduct molecular or biochemical studies and experiments into genetic expression, gene manipulation and recombinant DNA technology
- Conduct research to discover, develop and refine, and evaluate new products
- May participate in the commercialization of new products
- May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists
- May conduct biostatistical data analysis using computer modelling techniques.
Biologists and related scientists may specialize at the macroscopic level, in fields such as botany, zoology, ecology and marine biology or, at the cellular and molecular level, in fields such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, pathology, bacteriology and virology.
Outlook & Prospects for Biologists and Related Scientists in Montréal Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For 2012 -2014, the employment outlook in the Montréal region is expected to be Good for this occupation.
Over half of the job openings will result from the creation of many new positions, while just under half will result from retirements.
The pool of work ready claimants in this occupational group is small.
This occupation requires a university degree. Studies at the Master's or doctoral level are an increasingly important asset. The findings of the Relance survey by the Department of Education show a low placement rate and a high unemployment rate for those with only a Bachelor's degree. Most go on to do a Master's degree or doctorate.
In recent years, the number of biologists and related scientists has risen sharply. Given the growth in research and development in areas related to biology (biodiversity, human genome, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), biotechnology, pharmacology and so on), the number of biologists and related scientists should continue to increase over the 2012 -2014 forecast horizon.
According to 2006 census data, workers in this occupational group were employed mainly in professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; public administration; chemical manufacturing; and educational services.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Thanks to a $2.73M investment, elementary school Jardin-des-Lacs in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton will expand on time for the 2014 back-to-school semester (available in French only)
- Camital in Warwick, which has been until now a distributor, will invest more than $750,000 to become a sheet metal manufacturer (available in French only)
- Chip manufacturer Old Dutch announced the shutdown of its production plant in the Lachine borough. This shutdown will take place on September 27, 2013 and lead to the loss of 216 jobs. (available in French only)
- Ville de Montréal announces a street kitchen pilot project, starting June 20, 2013. Thirty-some food trucks will sell their meals in 17 downtown areas. (available in French only)
- The arrival of Target on the Plateau in Gatineau will lead to the creation of 150 to 200 jobs (available in French only)
- Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank has announced the opening of a commercial banking centre located in Saint-Léonard (available in French only)
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The City of Montreal announced a $10M investment over three years to initiate its green neighbourhoods project. The project targets the greening streets and improvement to transit for citizens. (available in French only)
- Immeubles Genesee, an independent real estate brokerage agency located in the LaSalle borough, is shutting down. Sixty-some people worked for this company. (available in French only)
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Three European companies in aeronautics will open offices in Montreal, leading to the creation of 150 positions in the next three years. The majority of the jobs will be related to engineering. (available in French only)
- Transporter Air Transat, based out of Montréal, will announce the abolishment of nearly a dozen positions due to the company's structural reorganization (available in French only)
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Elad Canada, a real estate developer, is proceeding with two high-rise residential buildings with over 2000 units. The final phases of the Nordelec site in Lachine and Cité Nature in Rosemont will be completed in 2014. (available in French only)
- Laurier 1936, a restaurant formerly known as Laurier BBQ, has closed, putting close to 40 people out of work in Montréal (available in French only)
- Hewitt Equipment Ltd., an authorized Caterpillar dealer, is opening a training centre on the West Island of Montreal. The estimated value of the project is $8M. (available in French only)
- The CSDM (Montreal school board) is eliminating approximately 70 teaching positions in its system in order to eliminate a deficit of over $47M (available in French only)
- Pharmascience Inc., a drug manufacturer, is opening its new distribution centre in Dorval following a $4M investment. The move is part of an initial expansion and modernization phase for the company's plants in Montréal. The value of the project is $41M. (available in French only)
- Hélène de Champlain, a restaurant in Montréal, is continuing the expansion and renovation of the heritage building that began in 2010 at a cost of $16M (available in French only)
- The city of Montréal will be spending $10M on its network of bike paths in 2013-2014 (available in French only)
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