Careers

Graduates of the AQUA Program have embarked on an amazing variety of post-graduate activities and career paths!

We understand that graduates have many life goals and will follow multiple occupational and disciplinary career paths in their lifetime. The AQUA Program is designed to provide our graduates with maximum flexibility to take advantage of opportunities as they arise and to achieve new goals.

AQUA graduates find employment with government departments and agencies, in positions dealing with habitat restoration, fisheries enforcement, species research, marine protection, ocean strategy, policy analysts and economic analysts, to name just a few.

Another employment track involves jobs with non-governmental organizations (NGS's), in fisheries, conservation, stewardship, environmental education, and community development fields.

Still others have taken positions in academia as tenured university faculty, research projects, science labs and environmental education. Some graduates have opted for self employment, as marine harvesters and ecotourism operators.

Employers are recognizing and seeking the skills and abilities that AQUA students have acquired during their education. They know that AQUA students are accustomed to viewing the world using multiple perspectives, are critical thinkers and problem-solvers, and are readily adaptable to organizational changes and challenges.

More than 50% of AQUA graduates have pursued graduate studies or completed professional programs in a wide range of areas, including public policy, environment, climate change adaption, law, geographic information systems (GIS), education, archaeology, geography, marine and/or fisheries management, marine biology, earth sciences, aquaculture, public administration, ocean technology, marine protected areas, coastal management, environmental sustainability, etc.

 

What can you do with your AQUA degree?

Here are some examples of positions held by AQUA graduates and graduate or professional programs that AQUA students have enrolled in after earning their StFX degree:

Oceans Act Coordinator, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Post Doctoral Fellow (research), Agriculture Canada, Ottawa

Fisheries Analyst, Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

Youth Science Intern, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Prince Edward Island

Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada, Head Office

Policy Analyst (Stewardship), Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Head Office

Consultant (Oil and Gas Industry), Calgary, Alberta

Fisheries Officer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Master of Marine Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Master of Science (GeoScience), University of Calgary, Alberta

Lead Management Biologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Policy Analyst (Climate Change), Nova Scotia Department of Environment

Senior Environmental Geochemist, private consulting company

Law, University of Ottawa

Archaeologist, Panama and Jordan

Master of Resource and Environmental Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

PhD (Oceanography), Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

International Youth Internship (Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean), Coady International Institute

Master of Science (Biology), University of Prince Edward Island

Master of Science (Biology), Memorial University, Newfoundland

Master of Resource Management and Environmental Studies, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, BC

Program Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Ottawa

Habitat Management Officer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Master of Science (Biology), Seaweed and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Lab, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

PhD (Environmental Mineralogy and Aquatic Geochemistry), Queen’s University, Ontario

OHM Biologist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries Consultant, eastern Canada