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School of the Environment (BA)
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Kristle Calisto-Tavares is not only an entrepreneur, she's also an Environment Studies grad.
Kristle Calisto-Tavares (Hon. B.A., 2003) intended to become an environmental lawyer, but instead founded a business, Kristle CT that helps social ventures grow sustainably. She also helps foster young entrepreneurs by mentoring at Futurepreneur Canada. Read more about Kristle on LinkedIn.
What do employers value about School of the Environment (BA) graduates?
address environmental issues using multidisciplinary perspectives
engage in critical analysis of issues through a case-based approach
use quantitative and qualitative research methods, design studies, and make discoveries
write clearly and effectively for both specialized and broader audiences
communicate verbally to both specialized and broader audiences
understand economic, social, cultural & political forces relevant to the environment & sustainability
apply practical knowledge of policy issues to solve challenging problems
Within two years of graduation, 95% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $57,514/year upon entering the workforce. 72% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Environment alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries:
- Information Technology
- Media and Communications
- Program and Project Management
- Environmental NGO's
Within the “Green Economy,” major industries include:
- Renewable and Green Energy Generation
- Energy Efficiency and Green Building
- Resource Conservation
- Alternative and Sustainable Transportation
- Environmental Protection
- Green Products and Manufacturing
- Green Services
- Sustainability Planning and Urban Design
- Carbon and Climate Change Mitigation
- Green Retail
graduate or professional school
An Environment degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Public Health
- Environmental Management
- Geography and Planning
- Earth Sciences
- Political Science
- Public Policy
- Social Work
- Business Administration
- Philosophy (Ethics)
- Religious Studies
- Biology (Ecology)
- Aboriginal Studies
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.
Options in your Department
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.
Network with others who are concerned about the environment through the U of T Environmental Resource Network (UTERN).
Apply for a UTERN grant for an environmental event or initiative.
Participate in a mentorship program run by your student union, ENSU.
Advocate for climate change issues by participating in U of T Environmental Action.
Take the professional experience course and get 100 hours of workplace experience.
Programs offered in Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
Join a student group to gain experience and build connections.
helpful career and industry related resources
- School of the Environment, UofT
- Ecological Society of America
- Environment Canada
- Environmental Careers Association
- Planet Friendly
- The Green Pages
- Ontario Environment Business Directory
- Ontario Environmental Industries Association