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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.

Certificate in Sustainability Studies

If you’re an undergraduate student the Certificate in Sustainability Studies may be for you. You will gain the knowledge, skills and exposure to the real-life scenarios needed for a career in sustainability. Most undergrads can complement their degree with the certificate at no extra cost. Exceptions apply to students pursuing a degree in Law, Nursing, Social Work, Undergraduate Medical Education, Veterinary Medicine, or a specialized program.

After completing the Certificate in Sustainability Studies, you will be ready to enter into a variety of industries and jobs ranging from climate change adaptation to sustainable community design and sustainable futures planning, to natural and social resource conservation and stewardship, to renewable energy and regenerative food and water systems, product stewardship, municipal and federal planning and policy development, and community based and environmental monitoring, reporting and consulting.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong understanding of the role they can play in achieving the United Nations 17 
  • Sustainability Development Goals committed to by over 190 world leaders 
  • Knowledge and research skills for applied problem solving of Sustainability issues
  • Hands-on experience in understanding and defining real world solutions to real world problems – locally, nationally and internationally
  • Experience in tackling Sustainability issues and being exposed to interdisciplinary problem and modes of thinking in both theory and practice

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
  • 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 Specialist
  • Sustainability Educator
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Sustainability Researcher
  • Sustainability Trainer
  • Sustainability Architect
  • 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.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Sustainability Certificate, Faculty of Environmental Design
Professional Faculties 2182
T: (403) 220-7932

Sustainability Resource Centre
Science B 101

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020