Your degree in Geographical Sciences

Skills you’ll develop

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 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.

  • Aerial photo technician
  • Aerial survey technician
  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural advisor
  • Biogeographer
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental planner
  • Field technician
  • Forestry technician
  • Geographer
  • GIS technician
  • Geomorphologist
  • Environmental health officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Land surveyor
  • Museum curator
  • Park planner
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Remote sensing technician
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Transportation planner
  • Urban planner
  • Water inspector

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 Geographical 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.