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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Environmental Studies Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Ability to comprehend the varied ways that humans interact with the natural environment and a range of important environmental issues, as well as to engage in action-oriented and environmentally responsible ways in both the workplace and everyday life.
  • Capability to evaluate decisions, actions and approaches aimed at helping to solve environmental problems.
  • Collect, and interpret the qualitative, quantitative, and/or spatial data needed to analyze environmental problems and propose solutions
  • Conduct research to inform and support strategic decision-making and effective policy related to contemporary environmental issues
  • Clearly communicate environmental issues and topics to a diverse audience in verbal and written form using a variety of media and presentation types
  • Workplace skills through practicum or co-op, including: leadership, responsibility and initiative in the workplace; ethical work conduct; independent work and group work; meeting productivity demands and deadlines; networking.

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Environmental Studies website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Environmental Studies

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • Agriculture
  • Communications and Culture
  • Conservation
  • Consulting
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Writing and Editing
  • Environmental Technology
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Forestry
  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Tourism
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Government Administration
  • Project Management

  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Environmental Liaison Officer
  • Natural Heritage Specialist
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Environmental/Conservation Policy Analyst
  • Conservation Co-ordinator
  • Restoration Co-ordinator
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ecotourism Consultant
  • Demographer
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Environmental Economist
  • Writer/Author
  • Editor
  • Correspondent
  • Education Programs Officer
  • Elementary or High School Teacher
  • Professor
  • Environmental Assessment Analyst
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Resource Specialist
  • Forest Fire Inspector and Prevention Specialist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Natural Resources Planner
  • Environmental Restoration Planner
  • Climate and Prosperity Advisor
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Political Advocate
  • Tour Guide
  • Ecotourism Specialist
  • Interpreter and Translator
  • Convention and Tourism Specialist
  • Recreation Co-ordinator
  • Park Ranger
  • Ecosystem Technician
  • Environmental Monitoring Assistant
  • Proposal Writer
  • Health and Safety Assistant
  • Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
  • Communications Manager
  • Transportation and Planning Technologist
  • Field Technician Assistant
  • Environmental Underwriter


Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network