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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 Science Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders using a variety of media
  • Develop a broad knowledge base related to core aspects of environmental science including biology, geography, chemistry and earth science
  • Conduct laboratory and field studies using appropriate equipment and methods
  • Apply critical thinking and logical reasoning to solve conservation problems and make decisions in the face of uncertainty
  • Identify and apply the appropriate statistical methods to analyze complex datasets
  • Gather and synthesize diverse evidence from a variety of disciplines to gain knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
  • Participate in collaborative teamwork involving multiple technical disciplines
  • Acknowledge the important role of the human dimension in addressing environmental problems

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 Science website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Environmental Science

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.   

  • Research Assistant in Post-Secondary
  • Projects Control Specialist in Engineering and Construction Consulting
  • Account Manager in Solar Power Integration
  • Plant Health Survey Biologist in Federal Government
  • Environmental Professional in Environmental Service Organization
  • Physical Scientist in Federal Government
  • Environmental Scientist in Environmental Protection
  • Naturalist in Non-Profit
  • Resource Technician in Provincial Government
  • Environmental Chemist in Environmental Services
  • Biologist in Environmental Services
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Technician in Oil and Energy
  • Project Manager in Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy and Program Consultant in Non-Profit
  • Project Scientist in Environmental Engineering

  • Environmental Site Assessment and Reclamation
  • Policy Analysis
  • GIS Technology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Government Administration
  • Consulting
  • Writing and Editing
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Cartography or Mapping
  • Information Technology
  • Food Production

  • Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Assessment Officer
  • Land Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • GIS Cartographer
  • Physical Scientist
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Geotechnical Field Technician
  • Biology Technician
  • Resource Technician
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Urban Forestry Consultant
  • Landscape Assessment Officer
  • Environmental Policy and Program Assistant
  • Chain-of-Custody Compliance Consultant
  • Environmental Protection Officer
  • Project Scientist
  • Due Diligence and Remediation Specialist

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.

You can also connect with the Science Student Success Centre which helps undergraduate students define and achieve their academic, career, and social goals.

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