National Occupational Standards now available
BioTalent Canada has launched its first 45 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Canada’s bio-economy. These standards were validated by industry stakeholders and will replace BioTalent Canada’s Skills Profiles and Skills At-A-Glances. The NOS profiles indicate what skills, education, and credentialing are required to perform a specific role. Companies will use these standards for more effective recruitment, professional development, succession planning, and compensation benchmarking.
How to Use Bio-economy National Occupational Standards (NOS) to support your growth
Whether you’re looking to grow your business or launch your career, BioTalent Canada’s NOS profiles can help.
Each profile was designed in close consultation with industry leaders – who then validated the core competencies and associated tasks for each occupation.
Each NOS includes:
- An overview of critical roles
- An occupational overview
- Educational, training, and credentialing requirements
- Core industry, technical, regulatory, professional, and work process competencies
Meeting talent needs
The NOS align well with the talent recommendations outlined in BioTalent Canada’s National Labour Market Information report, released in late 2021. Used effectively, the NOS will play a vital role in Canada’s bio-economy meeting talent needs by the end of the decade.
Final NOS documents
- Clinical Data Manager
- Clinical Research Associate
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Clinical Trial Assistant
- Clinical Trial Manager
- Pre-Clinical/Clinical Trial Project Manager
Legal, Regulatory, and Government Affairs
- Government Relations Officer
- Intellectual Property Officer
- Regulatory Affairs Manager in Bio-Health
- Regulatory Affairs Associate in Bio-Health
- Regulatory Affairs Associate in Agri-Bio, Bio-Industrial, Bio-Energy
- Regulatory Affairs Manager in Agri-Bio, Bio-Industrial, Bio-Energy
- Manufacturing Manager
- Instrument Technician
- Manufacturing Materials Manager
- Manufacturing Supervisor
- Manufacturing Worker
- Manufacturing Production Planner/Scheduler
- Process Development Technician
- Manufacturing Vice President
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Research and Development in Agri-bio, Bio-energy, and Bio-industrial
- Director of Technology/Research and Development in Bio-Industrial, Bio-Energy
- Research and Development Director in Agri-Bio
- Research and Development Vice President in Bio-Industrial, Bio-Energy
- Research Assistant
- Research Manager in Biomedical Devices
- Senior Research Scientist Engineer in Bio-Industrial, Bio-Energy
- Research and Development Vice President in Agri-Bio
- Research Project Manager in Agri-Bio
- Research Scientist in Agri-Bio
- Research Technician in Agri-Bio
Research and Development in Bio-Health
- Junior Research Coordinator in Bio-Health
- Laboratory Technician
- Bio-Health Research and Development Director
- Research Coordinator in Bio-Health
- Research Scientist in Bio-Health
- Research and Development Vice President in Bio-Health
Gathering the data
The development of the National Occupational Standards started with a review of existing information for the role. This review process included: referencing books, job postings, websites, articles, and BioTalent Canada’s existing skills profiles to create the first draft. After several iterations via written feedback, focus groups and a national survey with subject matter experts, the National Standards were developed.
To date, we’ve completed the consultation phase for over 50 bio-economy roles. And now, we’re looking for input from experts with at least 3 years of experience in the following roles:
As a thank you for completing a survey, we are offering $50 and access to our online courses.
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Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.