Bridging the natural and social sciences, our programs address some of the most pressing social and ecological problems of our time. As a student in our department, you will examine the earth, its places, people, and environments from multiple perspectives.
As a student Geography, Planning & Environment, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Analytical and quantitative abilities
Collect data precisely, organize and maintain records accurately
Computer and statistical knowledge
Field work techniques
Identify solutions to environmental, developmental and social justice issues
Understand natural resources and environmental issues
Research design and implementation
Understand and evaluate environmental policies and principles
Understand local, national and international environmental issues and the impact of human activity on natural cycles and landforms
Utilize laboratory techniques and operate scientific equipment
Acquire technical skills in computerized mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Examine the causes and consequences of environmental change
Identify approaches to support the efficient, equitable and sustainable use of resources
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding comprehensively
Read scientific journals and articles critically and write persuasively
Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
Write reports and essay
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Delegate tasks and responsibilities
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Observe and interpret data
Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Botanical gardens, parks, forests and nature attractions
Conservation, environmental and sustainability agencies
Engineering & consulting firms
Environmental research laboratories
Health care and pharmaceuticals
Manufacturing and processing plants
Real estate developers and construction firms
Recycling and waste disposal facilities
Research institutions and foundations
Wildlife ranges and zoological parks
Statistics Canada (Geographic branch)
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.
To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.
To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345
*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service
Networking and professional associations
Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.