Your degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences

While studying earth and ocean sciences, you’re learning about the history and dynamics of our planet and how to best manage its resources and the environment we live in. You’ll develop important skills across a broad spectrum of disciplines incorporating geology, geophysics, oceanography and atmospheric sciences.

These skills may include:

  • Application of knowledge about the physical environment, spatial relations, and climate change
  • Recognition and classification of earth materials, movements, and structures
  • Identification of relationships between geoscience problems and societal factors
  • Application of various scientific approaches to solve geological and oceanographic problems
  • Field research and analysis
  • Modeling and sampling techniques
  • Usage of programming languages including MATLAB and Python

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government agencies, environmental consulting, manufacturing, inspection and maintenance, research, mining, natural resources management, waste and water treatment, teaching, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, 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.


Air pollution field technician

Air quality meteorologist

Climate service technician

Climatological technician

Ecologist

Environmental geologist

Environmental impact analyst

Environmental science manager

Environmental technician

Environmental toxicologist

Fisheries technician

Forester

Geochemist

Geomorphologist

Geophysicist

GIS technologist

Groundwater technologist

Geologist

Geoscientist

Health and safety officer

Journalist

Laboratory manager

Land surveyor

Metallurgist

Mineralogist

Mineral technician

Museum administrator

Oceanographer

Palaeontologist

Park naturalist

Scientific writer

Seismologist

Soil scientist

Teacher/Professor

Urban planner

Volcanologist

Water and wastewater technician

Make the most of your specialization

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

Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science clubs
Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and programs.

UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in earth and ocean sciences between study terms.

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Take selected field courses in coastal and marine sciences for university credit.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Register as a Professional Geoscientist or Biologist
Understand the courses you’ll need to become certified.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions internships
Apply your classroom knowledge to real-world settings through climate change mitigation or adaptation projects.

UBC Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries
Attend departmental events and network with students and faculty.

Mentorship Program for Earth Sciences
Find a mentor through the Association for Mineral Exploration in BC.

AME Roundup Convention
Attend a mineral exploration industry convention in term 2 and network with professionals.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada jobs
Explore research, co-op, internship and job opportunities through government programs.

Mineral Deposit Research Unit
Check out courses and events to learn more about mineral deposits and exploration methods.

Pacific Museum of Earth
Visit the campus museum and learn about scientific knowledge in the field.

Make connections

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

More information

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