One major, endless possibilities:
If you want to learn about our earth, from the atmosphere down through the mantle, from ancient geology to the present, then you can become an earth scientist. Study in the lab and in the field year-round, from glaciers to volcanoes.
For more information, visit the Department of Earth Sciences website.
Skills You Will Develop
You will acquire specific knowledge and competencies during your program of study. While the skills and knowledge may be directly applicable to your major, your other skills – research, project management, team work, and problem solving – for example, are valuable skills that you can transfer to a wide range of careers depending on what you want to do and what is important to you.
Your skill set and knowledge is not limited to your course work or academic experiences. Remember to take into account the skills that you’ve gained outside the lecture hall or seminar room -- through your work experiences, volunteering, extra-curricular and leisure activities. There are hundreds of student clubs and leadership opportunities supported by SFSS and DIRECTIONS: Explorations in Action, Leadership and Change. Check out other Personal and Professional Development Programs.
What are the Career Possibilities?
Did you know, that only about two percent of adults claim to be working in the occupation they planned when they were eighteen years old (Krumboltz, Levin, 2004)? Your future career is going to be influenced by many factors – the economy, political events, technology and chance occurrences – some of which you have no control over. In addition to investigating some of the common careers associated with your major (see the list below) why not look beyond your major and open yourself up to other possibilities.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list and some of these careers require further education and/or training/designations or experience.
- Air Quality Technician
- Astronaut Trainee
- Dangerous Substances Inspector
- Earth Science Educator
- Environment Impact Assessor
- Environment Reporter/Writer
- Environment Technician
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Health Officer
- Environmental Scientist
- Geological and Mineral Technologist
- GIS Technician
- Land Surveyor
- Mining Engineer Technician
- Museum Collections Manager
- Museum Curator
- Park Warden Naturalist
- Patent Examiner
- Planetary Geologist
- Regulatory Analyst
- Research Specialist
- Surveyor Technician
- Technical Sales Representative
- University Professor
- Water Treatment Plant Operator
- Water Well Driller Ecologist
- Watershed Stewardship Research Assistant
- Wildlife Conservationist
- Zoning Investigator
Potential Work Environments
You can advance your career in any work environment because you can build skills, gain experience and develop networks in a variety of settings, and locations. What if you are unable to land a position in your preferred career in your work place of choice? What else could you do and where could you add value to your potential career? You need not always aim for big corporations or government departments. Consider working in small to medium business and non-profit organizations. Your experience may help you get a clearer view of your preferred future, and along the way you are likely to acquire some interesting experience.
- Chemical, Food Processing, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Industries
- Educational Institutions and Government Agencies (municipal, provincial and federal)
- Energy Sector, Natural Resources Transportation and Public Utilities Management Companies
- Environmental Education and Communication Firms
- Environmental, Geotechnical and Industrial Laboratories
- Health, Manufacturing, Mineral, Metal, Natural, Gas, Pulp and Paper Industries
- Inspection and Maintenance Organizations
- International Aid Organizations
- Laboratories, Institutes and Scientific Research Centres
- Mining, Petroleum, Oil and Gas Companies
- Non-profit Organizations, Consulting Firms, and Forestry Companies
- Parks and Recreation Organizations, Travel and Tourism Agencies
- Water and Waste Treatment Plants; Land/Resource Analysis and Management Companies
Related Professional Associations and Sites of Interest
Professional associations are a valuable resource for occupational research, and work search. The professional associations cited here may also offer career information, job boards, networking opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. They are invaluable in your career exploration in that they allow you to access a myriad of resources and publications, and link you to other sites of interest. Take action, do some research on these associations, and consider joining a professional organization. You never know who you might meet or where the affiliation might lead.
- Association of Professional Engineering and Geoscientists of BC
- Bio Talent Canada
- Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
- Canadian Environmental Network
- Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- Canadian Society of Soil Science
- Earth Sciences Canada
- Environmental Careers Organization
- Geological Association of Canada
- Mineralogical Association of Canada
- Talent Egg: Forest Products Career Guide
Career Development and Work Search Resources
Occupational & Career Information
Whether you know what you want to do or you haven't yet made up your mind, you should take action to increase the odds of making choices that will benefit you. To help you get started, click the link below to learn about your "dream" career and other careers you may want to consider. Who knows, while exploring these resources you may broaden your knowledge about what's out there and open the door to other career possibilities. What you'll notice is that there is no one plan rather a range of options.