Environmental Scientists & Specialists
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Environmental Scientists and Specialists conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, they may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. (O*NET Online)
Environmental Scientists and Specialists are a diverse group of professionals who work in a wide-variety of settings. This profile page includes information about Environmental Scientists and specialists, including: Environmental Auditors, Impact Assessment Specialists, Environmental Officers, Environmental Coordinators, Reclamation Specialists and Remediation Specialists. In addition to the resources below, you may also wish to view the related occupational links to the right.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupation Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- ECO Canada profiles - Search the index for these profiles and others. Environmental Scientist, Air Quality Specialist, Air Quality Specialist,Environmental Assessment Analyst, Environmental Monitor, Remediation Specialist, Reclamation Specialist, Environmental Coordinator.
- Day in the Life of an Environmentalist/ Environmental Scientist - The Princeton Review
- Profile: Watershed Restoration Technician - from Talent Egg Canada
- Interview: Environmental Consultant - from StudyinCanada.com
- Career profiles - Environmental Services and Natural Resources pathway options including Env'l Compliance Officer, Env'l Protection Technician and Restoration Specialist
- Careers In Oil and Gas: Environmental Advisor - PetroLMI, Energy Safety Canada
- Let's Talk Science career profiles/interviews: Environmental Consultant
- UM Career Mentor profile - Environmental Assessment Project Manager
- UM Career Mentor profile - U of M alumnus, Landscape Resource Specialist
For most entry-level jobs, environmental scientists and specialists must have a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field, such as environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, or engineering. A master’s degree may be needed for some positions or for advancement. Environmental scientists and specialists who have a doctoral degree make up a small percentage of the occupation, and this level of training typically is needed only for the relatively few postsecondary teaching and basic research positions. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
The University of Manitoba offers a range of applicable bachelor's degrees including Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Agroecology, Chemistry and Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering option). A similar range of Masters and PhD programs are also offered.
U of M Academic Calendar
The Academic Calendar & Catalogue outlines program admission and course requirements. Use the left menu to navigate to a specific faculty and program. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit the faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities.
- Faculty of Environment, Earth & Resources
- Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Engineering
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Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Canada Job Bank - Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- ECO Canada Labour Market Information - reports on job market, job postings, supply and demand
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network. The following associations are a sample of those related to this field.
- Society for Ecological Restoration
- Western Canada Chapter
- International Association for Impact Assessment
- Western Canada Affiliate
- Auditing Association of Canada
- Association of Environmental Site Assessors of Canada
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) - U.S. association
- Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
- Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Manitoba Environmental Industry Association - Member Directory
- Manitoba Eco-Network - Network Directory
- Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada - Business Directory
- BIOTE Canada member listing - Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba
- Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
- Canadian Water Resources Association
- Environmental Marketplace - business directory
- Directory of companies offering environmental solutions - from Enviro-access Consulting (based in Quebec)
- The 2014 Top Environmental Organizations in Canada - ECO Canada
- Canada's Greenest Employers - Canada's Top 100 Employers
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