Teachers in Canada must complete a bachelor’s degree from a university in order to work in the industry, and the government is encouraging those who don’t to take a chemistry teacher’s degree to earn their teaching degree.

The new requirements are part of a government effort to increase the number of graduates who can work in a job related to the sciences.

Chemists who do not have the bachelor’s from an accredited university in Canada will still be eligible for a teaching degree in a field where they are needed, but not in a specialty like chemistry.

Healthcare and the Environment Minister Judy Foote said in a statement that the government will continue to invest in science and technology, and will ensure that Canadians have access to the best possible health care, education and information.

“With the launch of our new Canada-wide scientific and technology education strategy, we will continue our commitment to supporting students to achieve their full potential,” Foote wrote in the statement.

More to come.