Your degree in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

Skills you'll develop

While studying Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology, you’re developing interdisciplinary skills and competencies to manage and utilize renewable natural resources in the bioeconomy. You also learn how to measure the environmental and socio-economic impact of renewable resources in order to enhance the sustainability of existing systems and new innovations. 

These skills and abilities may include:

  • Business management and leadership skills
  • Understanding of the changing global climate through ecosystem properties and processes, human impacts, and the earth-atmosphere system
  • Coordination of the production and use of renewable products and energy from bio-based materials
  • Community engagement and policy development
  • Quantitative sustainability methodology
  • Economic and impact analysis on potential environmental and socio-political effects of bio-based technologies and climate change
  • Planning and management of land use
  • Comprehension on protocols for carbon accounting and methodologies for emissions inventories and carbon costing
  • Planning, drafting, and editing of professional-quality documents for specialists and other stakeholders
  • Delivering effective and engaging oral presentations
  • Molecular understanding and insight into bioproduct development
  • Use of microbiology and enzymology for processing and enhancing the value of forest and agro-based bioproducts
  • Innovative biobased material design and manufacturing

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including sustainability, consulting, project management, specialist industries, manufacturing, and laboratory-based research.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills and competencies, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Climate Action Manager
  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Climate Change Specialist
  • Climate Resilience Analyst
  • Climate Scenario Researcher
  • Carbon Assessment Specialist
  • Community Energy Specialist
  • DNA Assembly Research Associate
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Fermentation Research Associate
  • Forest Carbon Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Manager of Sustainability
  • Production Assistant
  • Product Safety and Quality Coordinator
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Research and Design Manager
  • Sustainability Analyst/Climate Action Planner
  • Technology Development Advisor
  • Biomass and Resource Analysis
  • Manager of Sustainability
  • Climate Change Technical Specialist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Emissions engineer
  • Carbon Assessment Specialist
  • Community Energy Specialist
  • Research and Design Manager
  • Energy engineer
  • Microbiologist
  • Plant Operator
  • Biochemist
  • Technology Development Advisor
  • Bioinformatician

Make the most of your degree

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your understanding of your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on Linkedin

Find UBC Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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