Akanksha Ganguly is not only a health promotion coordinator, she's also a Biology grad.
Akanksha Ganguly (Hon. B.Sc, 2013) combined her interests in Biology and Global Health to pursue a career in Public Health. She is currently the Secretariat for the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, an alliance of over 20 organizations dedicated to improving the health of Ontarians. Learn more about Akanksha on LinkedIn.
What do employers value about Biology Program graduates?
employ critical reasoning, analytical and evaluation skills
work effectively on team projects
design and perform experiments using a variety of scientific approaches
construct, evaluate and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data
assess whether evidence supports conclusions and use this knowledge to solve problems
strong verbal and in written communication skills for scientific and general audiences
find, synthesize and interpret appropriate scientific information
Within two years of graduation, 80% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $49,580/year upon entering the workforce. 72% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Biology alumni most frequently apply their analysis and research skills in these industries:
- Environment and Agriculture
- Healthcare Services
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
- Information Technology
- Operations and Sales
graduate or professional school
A Biology degree equips students with the critical thinking and problem solving skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Data Science
- Clinical Research
- Environment and Convservation
- Physical/Occupational Therapy
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
During second year, participate in Explore It, to meet with alumni from your program of study and see first-hand how their skills and knowledge translate into careers.
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Take an independent research project course or apply for a summer research fellowship to pursue discovery science with world-leading research professors.
Get hands-on experience off-campus with a field course in various locations around the world!
Participate in international experiences as part of the joint Biology Minor with National University of Singapore, or with study abroad opportunities through the Centre for International Experience.
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Explore Your Options
While you’re a student, get the UofT support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors and teaching assistants to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.
Get involved with ASSU clubs and Co-Curricular Record opportunities to take advantage of all that UofT has to offer.
Attend workshops and events organized by the Cell and Systems Biology Union (CSBSU) and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Union (EEBU).
Take on lab projects in your classes or participate in an independent research project course to get hands-on experience in the full spectrum of the research process.
helpful career and industry related resources
- Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto
- Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
- Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution
- Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
- Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
- Canadian Society of Plant Biologists