Your degree in Geographical Sciences

While studying geographical sciences, you’re gaining a hands-on understanding of how earth and atmospheric systems can have broad and significant impacts. You’ll develop important skills to explore interactions between life and the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.

These skills may include:

  • Application of knowledge about physical environments and spatial relations
  • Geo-spatial data analysis
  • Designing and creating maps/graphs
  • Designing, planning and managing projects
  • Surveying and field sampling
  • Evidence-based approach to researching, consulting and advising
  • Technical report writing and accurate maintenance of field notebooks
  • Technical knowledge in using geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, statistics, remote sensing, MATLAB, Python, R, Jupyter Notebooks, and computer coding

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including streamflow management, coastal ecosystem monitoring, fire management, avalanche prediction, environmental and resource sector consulting, scientific interpretation, 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.

Aerial photo technician

Aerial survey technician


Agricultural advisor





Environmental planner

Field technician

Forestry technician


GIS technician


Environmental health officer



Land surveyor

Museum curator

Park planner


Real estate appraiser

Remote sensing technician



Transportation planner

Urban planner

Water inspector

Make the most of your specialization

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

Geography Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and programs.

Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science clubs
Check out related student groups and events.

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

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in geographical sciences between study terms.

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

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

Register as a Professional Geoscientist
Understand the courses you’ll need to become certified for this role.

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

BCIT Advanced Diploma in GIS
Develop your technical skills for a career in Geographic Information Systems through this diploma for university grads.

Cartographers’ Guild
Develop your cartography skills in fictional lands for novels and games.

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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