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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • aquaculturist
  • environmental consultant
  • environmental evaluator/analyst
  • environmental scientist (government/industry)
  • environmental technologist
  • field or lab research water analyst
  • fisheries biologist
  • groundwater advisor
  • groundwater modelling specialist
  • hydrographer
  • hydrologist
  • hydrometeorologist
  • hydrometric technologist
  • laboratory technician
  • natural resource officer
  • natural resources policy analyst
  • oceanographer
  • quality assurance manager
  • research and communications analyst
  • research associate
  • resource conservation specialist
  • teacher/professor
  • technical sales representative
  • technical/science writer
  • toxicologist
  • water policy specialist
  • water resources planner
  • water resources specialist
  • water/soil/air inspector

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • aquariums
  • construction management companies
  • educational institutions
  • engineering firms
  • environmental consultants/firms
  • environmental protection firms
  • geographic consulting firms
  • global consulting firms
  • government
  • international development agencies
  • mining/resource companies
  • oil companies 
  • parks/recreation departments
  • pollution control companies
  • power generation companies
  • resource management organizations
  • science magazines/TV shows
  • urban/regional planning firms
  • waste disposal companies

Online Resources

  • Canadian Rivers Institute
  • Canadian Water Network
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Environmental Careers Organization (ECO Canada)
  • National Water Research Institute
  • UN-Water

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

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying scientific principles, processes of and theories pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water.
  • Understand the physics of water cycling and movement, water chemistry, and the geochemical and biological factors which determine water quality.
  • Identify how changes in water quality and quantity affect aquatic biota at every level from individual organisms to populations to ecosystems.
  • Recognize that the availability of safe, clean water is a fundamental question of social justice.
  • Utilize lab- and field-based techniques for determination of water quality.
  • Use quantitative and computer analysis in assessing, monitoring and sustainably managing land and water resources.
  • Gain an appreciation of the cultural significance of water and the critical need of local, provincial and federal governments to manage and protect water and terrestrial resources, as well as the importance of water ecosystems, resources and access to safe water supplies.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Recognize the importance and need for interdisciplinary consultations in resolving complex issues in aquatic ecosystems.
  • 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

  • Communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing to the scientific community, policy makers and the public.
  • 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

  • Integrate the skills and knowledge acquired through different classroom and fieldwork experiences to critically evaluate and solve problems related to the protection of water ecosystems and resources.
  • 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.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

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Tricia Lutz, Administrative Assistant

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