CAREER SERIES

Environmental Marketing Specialist

 

Environmental marketing specialists work on promoting environmental products. Some example tasks are that they conduct market research, identify target audiences and work in public relations to advertise an environmental organization’s services

Their responsibilities and skills include: communication skills, creativity and problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, writing, data analysis and analytics. 

Being an environmental marketing specialist usually requires a minimum education of a university undergraduate degree. Some post-secondary programs relating to environmental marketing specialists are business administration, communications and public relations

Related High school courses include: 

  • Grade 12 English 

  • Grade 12 Mathematics (recommended) 

  • Technology (recommended) 

  • Business (recommended)

Environmental Engineer

 

An environmental engineer is a person who applies scientific theories and principles to help issues involving pollution, public health, and sustainability. 

The responsibilities/job duties of an environmental engineer (they may slightly differ from job to job*) designing and/or recommending procedures and plans for waste or contamination clean-up and evaluating the performance of different technology to find if they fit regulations, and to further improve the efficiency of these technologies.

Skills include: 

Technical Skills:

  • Software programming

  • System design and analysis

  • Logical data modelling 

Soft Skills:

  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication, teamwork and leadership skills

  • Organizational and problem-solving skills

Education for being an environmental engineer: 

High school courses to take:

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Mathematics (e.g. algebra, trigonometry, calculus)

 

University/college majors:

  • Environmental Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

minimum education requirement to work is usually an university undergraduate degree

 

Agriculture Technician

Agriculture technicians inspect production facilities and crops and work with agricultural scientists with their plant, fibre and animal research. They assist in growing new crops and applying soil remedies. They perform experiments, observe and analyze data and gain new findings. 

Skills include:

Technical Skills (learned through schooling or training)

  • Knowledge of heavy-duty equipment

  • Computer modelling

Soft Skills (characteristics/attributes)

  • Attention to detail

  • Analytical thinking

  • Physical stamina

  • Oral and written communication

Education: 

High School Courses

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Mathematics

  • Calculus

  • Geography

  • Computer Science

Uni/College Programs

  • Agriculture

  • Animal Science

  • Soil Science

  • Biology

A Master’s or Bachelor’s degree usually needed to become an agriculture technician.

Working with producers and researchers to grow Canada’s agriculture industry on finding ways to become more productive and sustainable. As the population continues to grow we need the quality and quantity of food sources to improve. 

 

Environmental Manager

Environmental managers are responsible for managing projects to lessen environmental impacts and includes environmental auditing for pollution or energy efficiency, hazardous material management and transportation, and real estate environmental assessment.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement environmental strategies (for sustainable development, resource conservation, and waste reduction)

  • Correlate  public hearings and consultations on environmental issues 

    • Incorporate this feedback into management plans.

  • Develop pollution control, pollution prevention, and recycling programs.

  • Correlate all details for resource use, pollution prevention, waste management, environmental health etc.

  • Manage environmental research projects, 

    • including: managing staff and budgets and coordinating activities.

  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, operating approvals, and Environmental Management Systems certification.

(For more responsibilities/duties, go to https://eco.ca/career-profiles/environmental-manager/ )

Education: 

Strong suits in these subjects can be considered when wanting to be an environmental manager. 

  • Math

  • All three sciences (Biology, Physics, Chemistry)

  • Geography

  • English

Minimum Education Requirement: University graduate degree (in the following programs)

  • Environmental Management

  • Environmental Policy

  • Natural Resource Management

  • Natural Science

  • Environmental Engineering

 

Hydrologist

Hydrologists are scientists that study the distribution, occurrence, and properties of water. 

 

Responsibilities and/or Duties: 

  • Monitor and collect surface water or groundwater and data to plan for water resource development

  • Develop integrated water and drainage management plans, hydroelectric power plants, and irrigation systems

  • Conduct water flow, stormwater, drought, and flood studies

  • Process meteorological, snow, and hydrologic data

  • Prepare various maps and figures, including: contour maps of groundwater elevations, geologic structure, cross-sections, isopach, water quality, and other hydrogeologic data

  • Install and maintain water property and water quality instrumentation

  • Determine the nature and extent of contamination or the impact in habitats of wildlife

  • Prepare reports and work with other technicians

Prerequisite subjects in school to consider for a hydrologist:

  • Hydrology

  • Geology

  • Environment Science

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Basically any type of science

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