Your degree in Global Resource Systems

Skills you'll develop

While studying Global Resource Systems (GRS), you’re learning how to use science to work towards economically feasible and socially acceptable solutions for current international resource issues, in a region of your choosing.

You’ll develop important skills through interdisciplinary classroom and community experiences, which can focus on the collaborative management of human health and agricultural resources.

These skills may include:

  • Analysis of current global conservation issues to present economic feasible and socially acceptable solutions
  • Utilization of data to raise stakeholder awareness, allowing for informed decisions within food systems
  • Application of ethical considerations in international development, policy-making, and consideration of societal implications
  • Compilation and analysis of data combining scientific, sociological, and cultural factors
  • Assessment of development potential and future trends on local, regional, or national areas by conducting surveys
  • Development of a proposal to pitch a project to address land equity or global health issues
  • Cross-cultural understanding to work in different local and global environments
  • Research and critical evaluation of food systems literature

Find career possibilities

Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including natural resource management, environmental organizations, agriculture, international business development, regulatory affairs, international marketing, community and social services, waste management, food systems and production, sustainability consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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.

  • Agricultural representative
  • Agrologist
  • Agronomist
  • Aquaculture manager
  • Bee Keeper
  • Business development officer
  • Child and youth worker
  • College instructor
  • Community development worker
  • Community service worker
  • Education program administration manager
  • Energy policy analyst
  • Environmental advisor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Fisheries technician
  • Healthcare consultant
  • Health program operations manager
  • Health services researcher
  • Home economics teacher
  • International aid and development project officer
  • Life skills instructor
  • Marketing consultant
  • Municipal planner
  • Natural resource planner
  • Natural resources officer
  • Public health inspector
  • Regional planner
  • Rehabilitation sciences
  • Social services planner
  • Staff training and development officer
  • Staff training and development supervisor
  • Teacher
  • Training and development consultant

Make the most of your major

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

  • UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
    Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.
  • UBC Farm
    Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.
  • UBC Wine Research Centre
    Connect with this centre that brings together researchers from the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses focused on technological advancement of the wine industry in British Columbia and Canada.
  • UBC Nutrikids
    Meet other UBC students to work together to provide nutrition education workshops for Lower Mainland elementary schools.
  • Roots on the Roof
    Join this student-run club that manages community garden plots and hosts community events  on the roof of the Nest.
  • UBC Sprouts and Seedlings
    Volunteer your time with this student-run non-profit grocery store and café on campus.
  • Vegans of UBC
    Work with other vegans to build a more ethical and healthier UBC community.
  • SuperChefs
    Empower and educate children on obesity using programs showcasing balanced nutrition, food preparation, and building positive lifelong habits for well-being.
  • Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
    Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities.
  • Habitat for Humanity
    Volunteer and build homes for families in need of decent and affordable housing.
  • World Health Organization
    Work with this international organization with a commitment to achieve better health for everyone.
  • Summer Abroad for Faculty of Land and Food Systems
    Study overseas and immerse yourself in a new culture during the summer with a partnering university.
  • UBtheChange Student Activators
    Ignite a culture of pro-social action at UBC through events on campus and in the community.
  • World’s Challenge Challenge
    Form a UBC team in Term 1 to pitch your solution to a global problem in this student competition.
  • AMS Sustainability
    Get involved with the Alma Mater Society’s sustainability subcommittee.
  • Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science clubs
    Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and programs.
  • UBC Climate Hub
    Develop advocacy skills addressing climate action with university and community stakeholders.
  • UBC Common Energy
    Join any of the six student teams proactively working on sustainability issues on UBC campus.
  • Zero Waste Squad
    Support making UBC a zero waste campus by volunteering with other students who value sustainability.
  • UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
    Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
    Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities.
  • Agora Eats Café
    Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student-run café within the MacMillan building.
  • NatureKids BC
    Engage BC children and their families to get outdoors to play and learn about nature.

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Global Resource Systems graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Land and Food Systems degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Land and Food Systems degree.