Careers in Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of the environment, its functioning and its relationship to human activities. It encompasses many of the traditional science disciplines but uses these in the study of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems and their interactions. An Environmental Science graduate will have an in-depth knowledge of environmental systems but also of the breadth and context in which these systems operate. Students will develop the wide range of expertise that is absolutely necessary to address present and future environmental problems. An Environmental Science graduate will be an environmental problem solver.

Career Opportunities in Environmental Science

The field of the environment is broad but quite well defined. Furthermore, it is an expanding field where interdisciplinary specialists are increasingly in demand. In Canada the field recognizes three major sectors for employment - Environmental Protection, the Conservation and Preservation of Natural Resources, and Environmental Sustainability. These three sectors are further subdivided into 19 sub-sectors covering areas such as waste management and environmental health, energy, fisheries and resources management, as well as communications and policy development. Currently the environmental sector is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in Canada.

How can I find out about careers in the Environment?

In Canada we have an organization that brings together all the information you need on defining a career in Environmental Science, in looking for a permanent position, for internship opportunities and in matching your skills with position vacancies. It is the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO-Canada). You should set up an account there (it's free!) and visit it regularly.

Graduate studies in Environmental Science

The breadth of your undergraduate degree provides you with a range of options. Over 50% of Environmental Science graduates go on to graduate programs and research. You can pursue further work in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, or traditional disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Geology, etc. Combining your environmental expertise with graduate programs in law school, engineering, MBA programs or medical school opens many career opportunities.