Your degree in Environmental Sciences

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Environmental Sciences, you’re learning to use interdisciplinary skills to analyze issues impacting the earth. You’ll develop important scientific skills and perspective to consider how people can live in a more sustainable way.

These skills may include:

  • Gain a systematic understanding of environmental issues
  • Field sampling
  • Data analysis and modeling
  • Analysis of contaminants and pollutants
  • Observation and interpretation of data experimental design
  • Environmental impact assessments and audits
  • Technical report writing
  • Technical knowledge using geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and computer programming

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including climate change and sustainability consulting, research, public health outreach, data science, biodiversity, waste management, air and water quality, food production, resource management, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, 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.

  • Agrologist
  • Agronomist
  • Air pollution field technician
  • Biologist
  • Cartographer
  • Conservation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental education consultant
  • Environmental geologist
  • Environmental government services manager
  • Environmental health officer
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental science manager
  • Fish and wildlife officer
  • Forester
  • Geographic information systems technician
  • Landscape architect
  • Natural resources policy analyst
  • Non-profit manager
  • Park naturalist
  • Scientific writer
  • Soil scientist
  • Urban planner
  • Water and wastewater technician

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify 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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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

More information

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