What can I do with my Forestry degree?

Who you are matters

Your Forestry degree is just one part of what you have to offer. You also bring skills and knowledge from experiences you’ve had, places you’ve been, and the values you share with family, friends, and community.

Reflecting on your skills and interests can help you make life and career decisions.

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Throughout your Forestry degree, you’ll develop specific skills that employers are looking for when hiring graduates, including:

  • Application of natural sciences and social science fundamentals to consider complex issues relating to natural resources and the environment
  • Leadership and project management, including resource planning and risk assessment
  • Creative and strategic problem solving for local and global challenges using an innovative approach, while considering environmental and social impact
  • Ability to understand, examine, and synthesize concepts while considering multiple perspectives
  • Effective written and oral communication skills to present ideas to a range of audiences
  • Data collection, analysis, and interpretation through research within field and lab environments
  • Familiarity with specialized tools, equipment, and modern technologies
  • Collaboration with others through projects and assignments
  • Critical thinking and analysis

My Work Learn position has given me the opportunity to grow both my professional and interpersonal skills while igniting my passion for what I’m learning in the classroom.

Nina, Year 4, Forest Resources Management

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UBC offers many opportunities for Forestry students to build their careers.

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Workplace experience


From volunteering in a lab to getting a research award, there are many possibilities to build your research experience and prepare for graduate school or a career in research.

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Involvement and leadership

International experience

Living, studying, and working abroad builds traits employers look for when hiring. Show employers you are adaptable, can work independently, and have global experience.

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Build your network

I like that there are possibilities for mentorship at UBC. I think it's super important to build connections between older and younger generations of resource professionals to assist with the transfer of knowledge, skills, and best practices outside of the academic realm.

Sky, Year 5, Natural Resources Conservation

Friends, family members, Teaching Assistants, and other people you meet can help you navigate your career questions. Find out possibilities and learn from the experiences, stories, and insights of others.

In the Tri-Mentoring Program, learn about career paths in Forestry by being paired with another Forestry student and a career professional working in your field of interest.  

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