Future Careers

Jania Chilima, MES '11, currently completing her PhD at SENS.

SENS is multifaceted school that integrates diverse academic interests and scholarship. Our innovative, interdisciplinary students work with faculty from the natural, physical and social sciences, arts, humanities, education and business fields. As such, our alumni can be found in sectors and industries as varied as the school itself.

SENS alumni are currently employed with:

  • Municipal, provincial or federal governments
  • Private sector companies/firms
  • Not for profits
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • Community organizations (such as regional economic development organizations)
  • Consulting firms
  • Environmental management firms
In these settings, alumni can use the interdisciplinary research and management skills they learned at SENS to deepen their understanding of sustainability and act as agents of change when approaching environmental issues.

Sample job titles of our alumni include:

  • Program Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • EIA Biologist
  • Planner I, Environmental Assessment Planning
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Policy Analyst
  • Home Energy Auditor
  • Environmental Management Technician
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Business Resource Officer
  • Waste Minimization Specialist
  • Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Additionally, many students continue to further their research experience and remain in an academic/university setting. SENS’ first two PhD graduates are currently completing post-doctoral fellowships, and many MES/MSEM graduates are pursuing doctoral degrees at SENS.

"Those of us who have chosen to study at the School of Environment and Sustainability and similar programs will have an advantage over others when it comes to securing employment in the field."
Chelsea Dale, MES '12

"There is going to be a growing need for sustainability professionals in government, municipal planning, industry and business. The biggest challenge will be being ahead of the curve in certain sectors."
Christine Markel, MSEM '10, currently employed with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment as a Senior Policy Analyst

"This position has allowed me to apply my knowledge from my PhD work to new research questions and it continues to be very fulfilling and exciting work!"
Julia Baird, PhD '12, currently completing post-doctoral work at Brock University