Careers and Co-op

A degree in Environmental Science can lead to a wide variety of career opportunities! Listed below are just some of the many career options. 

  • Air Quality Technician
  • Climatologist
  • Field Technician
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Health And Safety Inspector
  • Fisheries Technician

  • Food Safety Coordinator
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Hazardous Waste Management Officer
  • Interpretive Park Naturalist
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Scientific Journalist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Water Quality Controller 

For more information and resources on careers for Environmental Science students visit SFU's Career Services your one-stop shop for career information. Career Advisors are available to help you no matter what stage of planning you are in, from exploring your career options, work search strategies, to practicing for an interview. 

To get an idea of some of the many things you can do, see “What Can A Degree In Environmental Science Lead To?” This webpage is intended to stimulate your curiosity on potential career titles, workplace settings and resources available. However, it is not to replace research, self awareness, or in-depth thought into your career planning process.

Take a look at the Environmental Careers Organization's Environmental Science Career Profile.

Designations

Qualifications for Registered Professional Biologist of BC

Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) status is an important qualification for BC biologists practicing in BC. Students can qualify for accreditation as a RPBio through the College of Applied Biology (CAB). The SFU Environmental Science program is not presently accredited by the CAB; however, we are working on some modification to allow this. In the meantime, students in the Applied Biology concentration can take additional SFU Biology (BISC) and Resource and Environmental Management (REM) courses to qualify.

CAB does not provide a specific syllabus for SFU courses; only the course area, so confirm in advance which SFU courses can be applied to meet the requirements. Note: The Environmental Science program advisor does not advise students on the specific RPBio requirements, as they are established by CAB, so students are advised to check directly with CAB for advising. 

RPBio status is then possible after three years of appropriate work experience and completion of an acceptable professional report. Students and graduates may join the CAB as student biologists and biologists in training, respectively, before they meet all of the qualifications. For more information please see the CAB website

Professional Registration as a BC Geoscientist 

The right to practice in and to accept professional responsibility for geoscience in BC is limited to registered members of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). 

Contact the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia at: apeginfo@apeg.bc.ca or check out their website.