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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • cartographer
  • census geographer/demographer
  • community development/fundraiser
  • ecologist
  • economic development planner
  • environmental planner
  • field technician
  • forestry/park ranger
  • geological lab assistant
  • GIS specialist
  • industrial consultant
  • land use planner/surveyor
  • map analyst
  • market research analyst
  • natural resources officer
  • public policy analyst
  • recreational program coordinator
  • resource conservation specialist
  • surveyor/mapping specialist
  • sustainability officer
  • teacher/professor
  • tourism consultant
  • TV/news science reporter
  • urban planner
  • water resource specialist

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • agricultural companies
  • civil engineering firms
  • educational institutions
  • environmental consultants
  • environmental protection firms
  • geographic consulting firms
  • geological surveyors
  • government
  • heritage/historic sites
  • international development agencies
  • mining/resource companies
  • parks/recreation departments
  • pollution control companies
  • real estate/construction
  • resource management organizations
  • science magazines/TV shows
  • transportation companies
  • travel/tourism industry
  • urban/regional planning firms
  • waste disposal companies

Online Resources

  • Earthworks-Jobs
  • The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Tourism HR Canada
  • Geological Association of Canada
  • Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • ECO Canada

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • assistant park planner
  • conservation technician
  • design technician
  • GIS technician
  • investigative researcher

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Sustainability, Rural Planning and Development, Environmental Studies, Conservation Ecology.
  • College program: GIS, Ecosystem Management Technology, Hospitality Management, Property Assessment, Geomatics.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • community engagement and sustainability planner
  • environmental consultant
  • GIS specialist
  • intermediate geomorphologist
  • media planner
  • mining technologist
  • territory manager, agriculture research

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Understand the impact of geography on economic, political, cultural, and historical development.
  • Develop an awareness of issues such as climate change, population trends, globalization and resource management.
  • Interpret and apply scientific principles, relevant legislation, policies and guidelines to environmental, corporate and industrial resource management practices.
  • Observe and measure the use of earth resources through time to understand changing environments.
  • Understand the principles of resource management and the impact of development/tourism on the environment.
  • Gain an understanding of techniques related to conservation and effective land management, and plan for the optimal use of space and environment.
  • Apply technical skills (cartography and GIS) as well as field and laboratory techniques to interpret and use relevant scientific information/data in planning and development.
  • Gather, assess and interpret the economic/environmental impact of environmental changes.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

Environmental Studies graduates can work in the areas of environmental assessment, research and monitoring, land-use planning, parks and protected areas, resource management and policy-making.

  • chief ecologist
  • community developer/fundraiser
  • ecologist
  • economic development planner
  • environmental consultant
  • environmental officer
  • environmental planner
  • field technician
  • forestry/park ranger
  • industrial consultant
  • land use planner/surveyor
  • map analyst
  • market research analyst
  • natural resources officer
  • outdoor education teacher
  • public policy analyst
  • recreational program coordinator
  • resource conservation specialist
  • surveyor/mapping scientist
  • sustainability officer
  • teacher/professor
  • tourism consultant
  • TV/news science reporter
  • urban planner
  • water efficiency assistant
  • water resources specialist

Sample Industries/Types of Employers

  • agricultural companies
  • civil engineering firms
  • educational institutions
  • environmental consulting firms
  • environmental protection firms
  • government
  • heritage/historic sites
  • international development agencies
  • mining/resource companies
  • parks/protected areas
  • pollution control companies
  • real estate/construction
  • resource management organizations
  • science magazines/TV shows
  • transportation companies
  • travel/tourism industry
  • urban/regional planning firms

Online Resources

  • Earthworks-Jobs
  • ECO Canada including Enhanced Environment Professional Certification Opportunities
  • Rink Watch
  • Tourism HR Canada
  • Canadian Institute of Planners

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • environmental planner
  • environmental scientist
  • park naturalist/resource technician
  • road ecologist and geospatial analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Environmental Science and Management, Environmental and Life Sciences, Geography.
  • College program: Environmental Engineering, GIS, Ecosystem Restoration, Global Business Management.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • associate and environmental planner
  • community outreach representative, utilities
  • energy resource analyst
  • environmental consultant
  • health and safety coordinator
  • policy analyst
  • resource planner

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Understand the relationship between humans and the natural environment by studying both natural and social sciences.
  • Develop an awareness of issues such as sustainability in management of land and water, the formulation of environmental policy and how environmental management decisions can be improved to ensure a healthy future for humans and the environment.
  • Interpret and apply scientific principles, relevant legislation, policies and guidelines to environmental, corporate and industrial resource management practices.
  • Observe and measure the use of earth resources through time to understand changing environments.
  • Understand the principles of resource management and the impact of development/tourism on the environment.
  • Gain an understanding of techniques related to conservation and effective land management, and plan for the optimal use of space and environment.
  • Apply technical skills (cartography and GIS) as well as field and laboratory techniques to interpret and use relevant scientific information/data in planning and development.
  • Gather, assess and interpret the economic and environmental impacts of environmental changes.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.