Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Geography degrees provide training leading to a wide variety of careers, notably in the fields of land use planning, resource management, marketing, environmental
research, and teaching. An increasing proportion of these positions require technical training in such areas as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, or cartography, and many of our graduates now augment their degree with specialist training in such areas.
Canadian Association of Geographers, Student Resources
While there are many useful sites on geography careers, the two listed below give a great deal of information and advice, and are provided by reputable organizations.
Select the links below for further information on geography-related careers, or for results of recent employment surveys of Saint Mary's Geography graduates.
Note that the market for geography graduates in Canada is very similar to those in the USA and UK.
- Canadian Association of Geography, Opportunities
- Careers in Geography, Association of American Geographers: Detailed advice and information, relevant to both Canada and the U.S.
- Prospects.ac.uk - Graduate Careers website (UK-based)
(article from Occupational Outlook Quarterly - Spring 2005 [PDF document])
(Key Findings from a 2010 Employment Survey of Saint Mary's Graduates)
Survey Comparison PDF
(Comparison of 1989, 1999 and 2010 Graduate Employment Surveys [detailed analysis, PDF document])
The Bachelor of Environmental Studies is an integrative degree that provides training leading to a wide variety of careers, notably in environmental management, conservation, environmental advocacy, environmental law, environmental research and consulting. The BES degree program at SMU is designed to provide students with a holistic approach to studying and understanding the environment, with a background in subjects ranging from environmental ethics, philosophy, environmental literature, through to science based environmental courses. In this regard, students can then branch off into future studies that can lead to more specialized careers in the areas of their interest.
While there are many useful sites for environmental studies careers, those listed below give a great deal of information and advice, and are provided by reputable organizations.
- Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR)
- Environmental Careers Organization (ECO Canada)
Site of the EnviroJob Board, which bills itself as a central information source for job openings in the Canadian Environment Industry. Also provides access to resources from professional development opportunities to employee surveys. Must register to access.
- Environmental Studies Association of Canada
Primarily academic association of members interested in social science and humanities approaches to environmental issues and problems.
- Good Work Canada
On-line list of environment-type jobs across the country. Can join their distribution list to have jobs emaile daily.
“Pursuing a Degree in Environmental Studies: Where will it lead?” An article by Carol Ruhl, Environmental Education Specialist (Published online in Enviro Education 2012)