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Student Success Centre


The Student Success Centre is here to help with each step of your journey to a successful future. Our mission is to facilitate the development of career, educational, and life competencies for students and alumni through programs and services that guide successful transitions, foster local and global citizenship, promote leadership opportunities, encourage personal growth, deliver career resources, and ignite active engagement.


Environmental Science

The undergraduate programs in Environmental Science at Western provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to studying and solving environmental problems. Environmental Science modules are hosted by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability in the Faculty of Science, rather than through a specific department. This reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field and our academic programs - our students take courses as part of their modules that would be electives to other students in Science.

Because of the breadth of courses available to Environmental Science students, each student can take a unique complement of courses towards their degree in areas of science, engineering, arts and humanities, and social science. Students can also take complementary modules, such as biology, political science, medical science, geography, and earth science, as well as dual degrees in Business and Engineering, which enhance their Environmental Science degree.

Our teaching is rooted in a strong base of environmental research at Western, and our students have opportunities to take part in this research directly, in the field or lab, during their degree programs. A broad conceptual background and transferable skills in multidisciplinary environmental research and communication give our students access to a wide array of jobs related to the environment, the fastest growing employment sector in the Canadian economy.


Discipline specific knowledge is only one of the many benefits of pursuing an undergraduate degree. However, this knowledge alone is not enough to prepare you for entering the world of work. You will discover that the content of your degree does not restrict your job opportunities.

Being aware of the transferable skills you've developed throughout your studies will better prepare you for entering the job market and allow you to articulate the skills that are so valued by employers.

Knowledge Skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of fundamental scientific theories and concepts in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography and mathematics as applied to Earth's systems

Communication Skills

  • The ability to communicate effectively and professionally in written and oral forms, and produce reports and presentations utilizing appropriate format, design, and content to comply with set guidelines and goals, for target audiences

Management Skills

  • The capacity to analyze issues using critical thinking skills to collect appropriate literature, and comprehend, evaluate, critique, and synthesize information from diverse sources, individuals and disciplines.

Data Analysis Skills

  • Ability to comprehend, interpret and critically analyze graphs and other forms of data and demonstrate an ability to use basic analytical tools to analyze data.

For a more complete list of transferable skills click here.


Did you know that there are over 2 million job titles and over 900 industries in Canada? That is a lot of possible career options! Understanding the Canadian economy and the types of jobs that are available is one of the best ways to begin your career search.

Students often report feeling limited by their degree choice and worry that they may not have many viable career options. Although your degree can point you in a career direction, it will not necessarily determine the type of job you can pursue. Unlike many college programs, your undergraduate degree is not intended to train you for one specific job. Some students may feel frustrated by this, but the great news is that your degree opens up many more opportunities than you may think!

Employers today are looking for graduates with transferable skills and people who have a sense of where they fit into the world of work. Because of this, it is really important to think beyond your degree when making a career decision. You want to consider all of your interests, the skills you would like to use, what fits with your personality, and the values that you have.

Determining your career path requires a lot of research, both personal and occupational. It's almost impossible to make a career decision if you haven't invested time in both of these things. This section will get you started and will showcase some popular industries and occupational areas related to your degree.

Educational Services

The Educational Services sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers. These establishments may be privately owned and operated for profit or not for profit, or they may be publicly owned and operated. They may also offer food and/or accommodation services to their students.

Educational services are usually delivered by teachers or instructors that explain, tell, demonstrate, supervise, and direct learning. Instruction is imparted in diverse settings, such as educational institutions, the workplace, or the home, and through diverse means, such as correspondence, television, the Internet, or other electronic and distance-learning methods.

Sample Job Titles:


Career and Technical Education Teacher

High School Teacher

Instructional Coordinator



Postsecondary Teacher

Preschool Teacher

Supply Teacher

Environmental Health

Elevated interest and concern for the environment has not been ignored by industry. With your knowledge of environmental science, you can guide companies and government in green practices ? preventing pollution, reducing waste, appropriate use of energy, materials and natural resources.

Jobs in this industry are within the framework of a new environmental science paradigm dealing with preventing pollution and promoting the efficient and appropriate use of energy, materials and natural resources. This encourages industries to establish sustainable systems that can help protect the environment, as well as improve the corporate bottom line.

Sample Job Titles:

Air Quality Specialist

Emerging Energy Researcher

Hazardous Waste Technician

Water Quality Technician

Environmental Law, Politics and Policy

Further education is required.

The legal services industry incorporates a range of services for clients requiring legal assistance. Opportunities are available in private practice, the public sector and in-house in industry and commerce.

Environmental Law specifically deals with legal matters that affect the natural environment. This could include matters of environmental protection, pollution emissions, resource extraction, to name a few. Those working in Environmental Politics and Policy could be reviewing, analyzing, interpreting and/or creating policies related to the natural environment. Areas of employment could include various levels of government, industry and businesses and non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Sample Job Titles:

Environmental Lawyer

Environmental Policy Analyst

Political Scientist

Environmental Protection and Conservation

Is your passion to protect the environment, conserve natural habitats and restore degraded habitats? If so, you might be interested in a career in environmental protection and conservation.

Individuals working in this field would have the opportunity to develop programs and standards to help protect and conserve the natural environment or conduct studies to collect data to inform policy makers about impacts of legislative or regulatory changes in environmental protection. Professionals in environmental protection and conservation may also be involved in projects focused on returning degraded habitat to a functioning ecosystem. Typically, these projects would involve working with teams of individuals with various areas of expertise. Employment areas include private organizations, non-profit and non-governmental organizations and various levels of the government.

Sample Job Titles:

Conservation Biologist


Environmental Enforcement Officer

Reclamation Specialist

Restoration Biologist

Wildlife Biologist

Environmental Research

"Research" aims to generate knowledge in the hopes that it will help create or improve a product, process or service. "Development" converts research findings or other knowledge into a new or improved product, process or service.

In concrete terms, R&D brings new knowledge and processes to Canadian businesses — the new, higher value-added products, processes and services that Canada needs in order to thrive in a knowledge-intensive market. Innovative companies can offer skilled employment opportunities for Canada's knowledge workers.

Companies embarking on R&D projects need to adopt focused business strategies, obtain secure financing and undertake risk management.

Sample Job Titles:


Atmospheric Scientist



Environmental Geologist

Soil Scientist

Other Industries

This section has highlighted a number of popular industries and job titles that align with your academic program; however, it was by no means an exhaustive list of all the possible options available to you with the degree you possess. Access the resources below to learn about other industries and job titles that are a fit for you.

Canadian Industries: Browse through over 900 Canadian Industries.

LinkedIn: Search through thousands of Western Alumni by degree.

National Occupational Classification (NOC): The national reference on occupations - organizes over 40,000 job titles.

Informational Interviews: Find out about jobs and career paths you never knew existed.

CareerCruising: Peruse career & further educational options (visit the "Resources" section of CareerCentral for the username & password).

Working in Canada: The leading source for labour market information in Canada.

US Occupational Outlook Handbook: Browse hundreds of occupational profiles.

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