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Department of Earth Sciences
Patti Nakai-Lajoie is not only a Geologist, she's also an Earth Sciences grad.
Patti Nakai-Lajoie started her career in the Yukon as a Geologist working on advanced stage exploration programs. She has gained experience working on gold, silver, uranium and base metal projects in Canada, the United States, South America and Africa. Read more about Patti on LinkedIn.
What do employers value about Department of Earth Sciences graduates?
work in international contexts
interpret and critique scientific texts, presentations and primary literature
make informed decisions with incomplete information
communicate scientific information to both scientific and general audiences, verbally and in writing
present scientific ideas arguing from evidence
design and perform experiments
construct mathematical models in order to test scientific hypotheses
construct, evaluate and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data
understand complicated spatial relationships
Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $71,731/year upon entering the workforce. 72% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Earth Sciences alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries:
- Media and Communication
- Program and Project Management
- Engineering and Environmental Consulting
- Healthcare Services
- Information Technology
graduate or professional school
An Earth Sciences degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Earth Science
- Environmental Science
- Planetary Science
- Civil Engineering
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Explore Your Options
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.
Take advantage of geologist certification support and training.
Get involved with student chapters of professional associations including the OGS to increase transferable skills.
Volunteer at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Annual Conference.
Get hands on research experience through international field courses and by working with professors.
helpful career and industry related resources
- Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto
- American Geosciences Institute - Geoscience Careers
- Association for Women Geoscientists
- Young Earth Scientists Network Canada
- ECO Canada - Environmental Careers Organization
- Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists