University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of one’s career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.
- Analytical problem solving skills
- Ability to organize, analyze and interpret scientific data
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Great research skills including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data
- Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research
- Ability to apply geochemical techniques to studies of earth and ocean processes
- Ability to assess the risks present in various ecosystems
- Skills to observe and measure use of earth resources to understand changing environments
Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.
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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 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 (and )* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the . 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 (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
Biologists and related scientists
- Environmental and occupational toxicologist
- Environmental biologist
- Environmental toxicologist
A bachelor's degree in biology or in a related discipline; a master's or doctoral degree in biology or a related discipline is required for employment as a research scientist in biology; post-doctoral research experience is usually required before employment in academic departments or research institutions
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
- Environmental consultant
A bachelor’s degree in environmental science; progression to supervisory or managerial positions in this field is possible with experience
Inspector in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
A bachelor’s degree in a discipline such as chemistry, environmental studies, or health and safety; in provinces other than Quebec, public health inspectors require certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
- Environmental chemist
A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related discipline is required; a master's or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist; licensing by a provincial association of chemists is required in Quebec, and available but voluntary in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia
Geoscientists and oceanographers
- Environmental geologist
A bachelor’s degree in geology, geochemistry, geophysics or a related discipline; registration with a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers, geologists, geophysicists or geoscientists is usually required
Architecture and science managers
- Scientific research department manager
- Scientific research director
A bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline; a master's or doctoral degree in a scientific discipline; several years of experience in a related scientific field
Meteorologists and climatologists
A bachelor's degree in meteorology, physics, mathematics, or in a related field such as environmental science; a master’s or doctoral degree in meteorology is usually required for employment as a research meteorologist; membership in professional associations is available, but voluntary, for qualified meteorologists
College and other vocational instructors
- College teacher
A bachelor's degree in the field of instruction; a master's degree in the field of instruction may be required; a certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required
Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
- Assistant dean
- Faculty administrator
Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher
Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, .
- Program and Project Management
- Media Communication
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 presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary 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.
All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible to acquire experience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.
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 also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.
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.
Ottawa/Gatineau Region Ontario
Quebec Other provinces and territories
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 or (registration with a @uOttawa.ca email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).
Established globally North America (excluding Canada)
South America Europe
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. 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.
Canadian Provincial and territorial
Job search sites
Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.
Date modified : 2016-06-02