Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.
In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification. They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.
Occupations related to this program
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
- Energy policy analyst
- Environmental impact analyst
- Environmental issues lobbyist
- Natural resources policy analyst
- Emergency management analyst
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
- Environmental officer
- Environmental health officer
Urban and land use planners
- Environmental planner
Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
- Ecological interpreter
- Planetarium interpreter
Meteorologists and climatologists
Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
- Meteorological technician
- Geographic information systems technologist (GIS)
Biologists and related scientists
- Environmental toxicologist
Urban and land use planners
- Urban planner
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
- Scientific librarian
Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
- Applied geographer
- Cultural geographer
- Economic geographer
- Historical geographer
- Industrial geographer
- Physical geographer
- Political geographer
- Urban geographer
Architecture and science managers
- Environmental science manager
Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The Employability Skills 2000+ presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary checklist can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.
In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.
- Centraide Outaouais
- Center for Global and Community Engagement - University of Ottawa
- City of Toronto
- E-Blue Book Community Information Centre of Ottawa
- Ecology Ottawa
- United Way Ottawa
- Volunteer Ottawa
The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces.
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - AANDC
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - AAFC
- Capital Regional District - CRD
- City of Ottawa
- Environment Canada - EC
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada - DFO
- Integrated Sustainability
- National Research Council Canada - NRC
- National Capital Commission
- Nature Canada
- Public Works and Government Services of Canada
- Statistics Canada
- Transport Canada
- University of Ottawa
- Credit Valley Conservation
- Long Point Region Conservation Authority
- Mapmobility Corp.
- Ministry of Natural Resources
- Ministry of the Environment
- Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
- Sernas Group
- Walker Industries
- Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec
- Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec
- Nova Envirocom
- Canadian Pacific - CP
- Earthmaster Environmental Strategies
- Heritage North Consulting Ltd.
- Norcan Consulting Ltd.
- Urban Systems - USL
- Vancouver Island University
The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit Skill Clear or MyWorldAbroad (registration with a @uOttawa.ca email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).
Job search resources
The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.
Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.
Provincial and Territorial
- Association of Canada Lands Surveyors
- Canadian Association of Geographers
- Canadian Cartographic Association
- Canadian Council for Geographic Education - CCGE
- Canadian Institute of Planners
- Environmental Services Association of Alberta - ESAA
- Environmental Services Association Maritimes
- Ontario Professional Planners Institute
- Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education
- Royal Canadian Geographical Society
- Saskatchewan Association of Conservation Officers - SACO
- Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association - SEIMA
Job search sites
Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.
- ECO Canada
- Media Job Search Canada
- Earthworks Jobs
- Environmental Expert