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Job trends – Canada – Biotechnology engineer

Posted on December 3, 2020
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Biotechnology engineer jobs in Canada

Biotechnology engineers are involved in the research, design, and development of chemical processes and equipment. They supervise the operation and maintenance of industrial chemicals, plastics, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, and food processing plants and fulfil duties related to biochemical or biotechnical engineering. They can find employment in a wide range of manufacturing and processing industries, consulting firms, government, research and educational institutions.

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The median wage for this profession is approximately 39 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 52.4 dollars per hour.

Wage Report

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 22.00 38.46 69.23
Alberta 30.00 52.40 86.54
British Columbia 27.34 48.88 82.32
Manitoba N/A N/A N/A
New Brunswick 26.44 34.62 46.15
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia N/A N/A N/A
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 21.00 35.71 55.38
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 19.82 37.90 54.11
Saskatchewan 20.00 38.46 68.75

Skills required

  • Management skills
    • Co-ordination and organization
    • Supervision
    • Evaluation
  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Manufacturing and Production
    • Processing and Production

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for biotechnology engineers is undetermined in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Fair
Manitoba Good
New Brunswick Good
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Good
Prince Edward Island Undetermined
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in biotechnology engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • After graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam, they are eligible for registration.

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.


  • Conduct studies of economic and technological viability in the chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, food or other manufacturing industries.
  • Study into the production or enhancement of systems, reactions and materials in chemical engineering.
  • Review technologies and equipment for chemical processes and determine production requirements.
  • Chemical manufacturing specification and testing and related plants and equipment.
  • Supervision of pilot plants, manufacturing units or processing plants for building, modification, service and maintenance.
  • Create and enforce quality management systems, operating procedures and control strategies to ensure continuity and compliance with raw materials, commodities and waste products or emissions standards.
  • Prepare contract documents and review tenders for industrial construction process elements.
  • Supervising technicians, engineers and other technicians.
  • They may work in an administrative capacity to establish guidelines and requirements for the handling of hazardous substances, to protect the environment, or to develop standards for foods, materials and consumer goods.

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