The fields of Climate and Environment offer students a wide variety of job options, many of which are growing and for which our graduates will be in demand. In almost all North American and European countries, demand for environment and climate practitioners is growing faster than the economy as a whole. Students with a BASc in Climate and Environment will be well-equipped for many satisfying careers. In 2013, ECO Canada published a detailed profile on Canadian Environmental Employment in which the authors noted:
“Over 730,000 environmental professionals in Canada spend at
least 50% of their work time performing environmental activities,
representing just over 4% of the total Canadian labour force. “
Drivers of growth include tightening regulations, high energy costs, the increasing frequency of natural disasters, ecosystem changes and impacts, and finally the need for new technical solutions. Depending on specialization, our graduates will go on to work in the fields of Sustainability, Natural Resources Management, Site Reclamation and Cleanup, Policy Development, Communications, Education, Energy, Environmental Economics, CleanTech, Water Quality, Waste Management, Government, Research, or others. According to ECO Canada, students can expect a career that takes them in multiple directions:
“Most employers (82.4%) report that their
environmental employees perform tasks in multiple sub-sectors,
demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of environmental work”.
source: www.eco.ca Canadian Environmental Workforce Snapshot (2015)
The BASc in Climate and Environment is an excellent way for students to join a dynamic and growing field that offers rich and rewarding career options.
We recommend students consult some of the excellent research on labour trends in the Environmental sector provided by ECOCanada: www.eco.ca
Graduate and Further Study:
While at StFX, students in the BASc in Climate and Environment will have the benefit of gaining research experience, preparing them exceptionally well for further study in graduate or professional programs. Graduate programs in climate and environment are varied and many have differing admissions criteria. If your plan is to complete a graduate or professional program after your undergraduate degree, it is strongly recommended that you consult faculty in the program or the career centre.