Industry Exploration

Western Science students work in a broad range of positions during their internship. Be flexible, often the technical skills that you have acquired have prepared you for a variety of careers in multiple fields. Throughout the preparatory phase of the program, you will become aware of the diverse opportunities that are open to you and how to leverage them. If you have any questions, we are here to guide you and help you take that first step toward a successful career.

Scan some snapshots of the positions our interns and graduates have gone on to pursue and remember that these are a few examples of the many jobs our student fulfill.

Biological Sciences

The breadth of courses within the Biology curriculum develop practical laboratory skills as well as the knowledge that prepares graduates for a wide range of research careers in the public and private sectors. Many of our graduates also go on to professional programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and teaching.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

Consultant in Environmental conservation
Health care administrator

Laboratory technician 



Chemistry at Western Science gives students hands-on access to instrumentation (e.g., UV/VIS, FTIR,  AA, IC, GC, and NMR spectrometers), develops their skills in report writing, and by their third year ensures they spend 12 hours per week in the lab.

In addition to professional areas such as finance, law, medicine, business and teaching, career options for Chemistry graduates also includes:

Government Research
Environmental Chemist

Laboratory technician 
Quality Control Chemistry

Laboratory Administrator 
Technical Sales and Service

Computer Science

Computer science at Western is responsive to the ever-changing computational and analytics challenges facing businesses in the Information Age.

Our flagship programs in Computer Science grant degrees that are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC) and the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), facilitating subsequent professional certification as an Information Systems Professional and Information Technology Certified Professional.

Computer Science graduates at Western are prepared for careers in the following fields:

Database Administrator
E-Commerce Analyst
Multi-media Programmer
Programmer Analyst
Software Engineer
Technology Manager

Data Modeller
Game Developer
Network Administrator
System Analyst
User Interface Designer

Data Scientist
Mobile Developer
Network Analyst
Security Analyst
Systems Engineer
Web Developer

Earth Sciences

At Western, we recognize the major demand for geoscientists worldwide. Our Professional Programs in Earth Sciences are designed to meet the academic requirements for professional licensing in Canada to work as a Professional Geoscientist.

Examples of jobs our students have pursued include:

Exploration and Development (Petroleum Industry)

Natural Hazards Research

Metal and Industrial Mining and Exploration

Satellite and land-based imaging 

Resource evaluation for private and public sector organisations

Management of water resources and remediation of contaminated sites

Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Science program at Western is an interdepartmental program that combines components from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Geography. Emphasis is placed on understanding the scientific basis underlying environmental problems and their potential solutions by examining how physical, chemical and biological processes at local to global scales interact with the influence and interests of humans in these processes. 

Our students go on to careers in resource industries, sustainability positions in businesses of all kinds including:

Consultant in Environmental conservation
Environmental Monitor

Laboratory technician 
Sustainability Researcher

Environmental policy 
Sustainability Educator

Mathematics & Applied Mathematics

The acquired skills of our mathematics and applied mathematics are aligned with demand seen in almost every area of science and industry. Our graduates' go on to use matrix algebra and calculus to develop mathematical and computational models for pure scientific research and industrial process innovation, including cancer therapy treatment design, liquid crystals development to tracking evolutionary resistance, and drug therapy. 

Due to the increased importance placed on technology, big data, and economic efficiency our students find opportunities in organizations across the globe, taking on positions that include:

Financial Analyst Systems Analyst Geophysical Analyst Intelligence Analyst
Information technology Cryptologist Information security Statistical research
Management Consultant Data Scientist Operations research Market research

Medical Sciences

Employers should be aware that our basic medical science program is a unique opportunity for students wishing to pursue medicine in Canada. This program focuses on the application of science to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human disease.

Medicine and Dentistry

Pharmacy Technician


Physics & Astronomy

Our undergraduates acquire proficiency in problem-solving, mathematics, experimental design, computer simulation, and data analysis while experiencing the tools and techniques of modern high technology.

Our graduates are employed worldwide in fields as diverse as:

Academic and Industrial Scientist Entrepreneur Tech
Government Scientist in Weather Forecasting and Climate Prediction Radiation oncologist University/College Professor
Science Educator Financial Analyst Imaging Medical Physicist Data Scientist 

Recent graduates have also gone on to work as industry scientists at medical imaging companies, software specialists working with Big Data and completing MD degrees at Ontario medical schools.

Statistical & Actuarial Sciences

The Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Western is the only department of its kind in Canada to focus on interpersonal, leadership, and communications skill development by offering a dedicated business skills course. Our students focus on one of four main areas of study:

  • Statistical Sciences- collection, analysis, and interpretation of data using probability and other mathematical tools. 
  • Actuarial Sciences- models and methods used in the analysis and management of financial risk. 
  • Financial Modelling- application of statistics, mathematics, and computing skills used in understanding financial markets and business. 
  • Data Science- methodologies for inspecting, cleaning, managing, transform, visualizing and modeling data.

Career Positions

Statistical Sciences Actuarial Sciences Financial Modelling Data Science
Acquiring expertise in statistical methods positions our graduates to pursue careers in engineering, politics, financial management, insurance, marketing, medicine and social science. Actuarial graduates apply their knowledge of mathematics, probability, and statistics to financial" problems in the insurance pensions employee benefits fields Financial modelling graduates go onto careers pricing and hedging of portfolios of stocks, bonds, and their derivative securities as well as in the analysis and quantification of financial risk in large financial institutions. Data science graduates generate and analyze digital information for a broad range of industries including: the airline and auto industry, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, health care and medical research, and marketing firms.