Bio-economy Skills Profiles and Skills At-a-Glance

National Occupational Standards now available 

BioTalent Canada has launched 53 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Canada’s bio-economy, along with 23 summary profiles.

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. 

All skills profiles and skills at-a-glance listed below have not yet been replaced by a NOS, and can be used as professional standards for these occupations. If your occupation is not listed as part of the NOS, please refer to the skills profiles and skills at-a-glance. 

Bio-economy Skills Profiles
Start human resources and career planning here.

Building a solid HR plan from a foundation of recognized skills information makes implementation quick and efficient. Bio-economy Skills Profiles help make this happen.

Employer benefits:Bio-economy Skills Profiles sample cover

  • Develop job descriptions
  • Performance evaluations
  • Write interview questions
  • Create recruitment plans
  • Identify areas for professional development
  • Create succession plans

Job seeker and employee benefits:

  • Effectively tailor a resumé
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Identify your additional professional development needs
  • Choose education and training based on industry’s current needs


  • Comprehensive skills information
  • Diverse set of occupations
  • Quick reference summary checklists

Product description:

The Bio-economy Skills Profiles, developed in partnership with industry, summarize the high-level skills required for each occupational profile and itemize in detail the common tasks associated with the functions. Each Bio-economy Skills Profiles includes:

  • Occupational Description,
  • Situation Analysis,
  • Essential skills,
  • Language Benchmarks,
  • As well as specific skills that may be required to work within that occupation,which is then broken down into tasks and sub-tasks.

Because the profiles are comprehensive, not every skill may be required for a single position: instead, the profiles present the full sets of skills that could be expected of a person in a given role within companies of various stages of development.

Complete Bio-economy Skills Profiles

Bio-economy Skills Profiles Summaries 

These include a quick-reference checklist that summarizes the core skills required for the position and the common tasks associated with each function.

Bio-economy Skills At-a-Glance
Get a glimpse of key skills required in many popular bio-economy occupations.

Planning a job search means understanding occupational skills that employers demand. Start off on the right foot by checking out the Bio-economy Skills At-a-Glance first.


  • Build an effective resumé
  • Prepare for interviews'Bio-economy Skills At-a-Glance' report cover
  • Plan your professional development and education


  • Quick reference list of skills
  • Professional and educational experience requirements
  • Occupational descriptions
  • Diverse set of occupations

Product Description

The Bio-economy Skills At-a-Glance are built around Key Competencies. They capture the key hard and soft skills required to successfully function in a position. Those key competencies require specific tasks be accomplished in order to attain the desired outcome. More often than not, those key activities are functional in nature and require the application of specific knowledge acquired by education, training or practical experience. In bio-economy companies, those functional competencies may be very broad and diversified, encompassing both scientific and business expertise. Some may refer to functional competencies as hard skills of the position. The Bio-economy Skills At-a-Glance have been developed through exhaustive secondary research.