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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

environmental science

Environmental science creates and applies knowledge and attitudes from many different disciplines related to the changes in our natural and human environment.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Critical and analytical thinking - Collect and synthesize large quantities of data; Creative thinking; problem solving skills; decision making

Qualitative, quantitative and field research skills - Surveying, sampling and statistical analysis; Solve problems and find solutions; Experience with fieldwork techniques; Assess risk within the environment

Oral and written communication skills - Presenting and communicating technical and scientific data and ideas clearly and articulately to both the scientific and non-scientific communities using current technology; Scientific and technical writing; Memorize large amounts of information

Organization and attention to detail - Independent worker, ability to meet deadlines; Demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; Data, time and resource management

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at 

  • Business Development Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Conservation Analyst/Officer
  • Conservationist
  • Corporate Spokesperson
  • Ecologist
  • Education Programs Coordinator
  • Employment Relations Officer
  • Environmental Advisor/Auditor
  • Environmental Ethicist
  • Environmental Impact Assessor/Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Protection Officer
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Fish & Wildlife Officer
  • Forestry Technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Land Developer/Planner
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Natural Resource Policy Analyst
  • Outdoor Guide
  • Park Ranger
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Education Officer
  • Resource Management Specialist
  • Safety Environmental Coordinator
  • Soil Scientist
  • Surveyor
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Waste Reduction Coordinator
  • Water Quality Analyst

Potential Industries

  • Agricultural
  • Analysis/Forecasting
  • Banks/Credit Unions
  • Economic Research Institutions
  • Education
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Government
  • International Trade Companies
  • Labour Unions
  • Market Research
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Oil & Gas
  • Post-Secondary
  • Statistical Research Firms
  • Transportation Companies
  • Trust Companies
  • Utility Companies

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Featured Books

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Telephone:  403-220-8600
Location: Science B 149 (SB 149)

Clubs on Campus: 

Ecosystem and Public Health Club

U of C Environmental Sciences Students Association- ESSA

University of Calgary Eco Club

Centre for Career and Personal Development

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T: 403.220.8020