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Loyalist Environmental Studies Lead to Rewarding Careers

February 26, 2009

Investigating, consulting, prevention, enforcement, and reduction are some of the responsibilities that can be found in Loyalist College Environmental Technician and Technology graduates’ job descriptions. They accept the challenge of combating environmental contamination through prevention, pollution cleanup, waste reduction and public education. They work within the government sector to conduct investigations and to enforce regulations. They monitor water, wastewater treatment and safe drinking water for municipalities. The options are endless and as the momentum of green issues in the private and public sectors increases, so do the employment opportunities.

Allan Levoy graduated from the Environmental Technology program in 1996 and is employed with Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) as an Environmental Specialist with their Environmental Protection Program. “With the increased interest in climate change and alternative energy, and the renewed interest in nuclear power, I feel there will be many opportunities for Environmental graduates. Loyalist was key in helping me develop troubleshooting and social skills and increased my knowledge of industrial processes and environmental regulatory requirements. I love the challenges that I face daily within the complex nature of the nuclear site. The program taught me independence and to trust in my skills to make informed decisions. I can easily say that I would not be where I am today without my Loyalist diploma.”

“I looked into several environmental programs at various colleges before deciding on Loyalist College,” said Michael Lloyd, a second-year student in the three-year Environmental Technologist program. “I think the greatest strength of the program is the broad base of courses that are covered throughout the three years; from data analysis to microbiology, field biology and chemistry. As we move through the courses we learn how the different subjects are inter-related. After I graduate I would like to work in some way as an agricultural – environmental liaison, possibly helping farmers to manage the increasing regulation in the industry or to work in education.”

“Currently my partner and I, own and operate Lakeside Green Environmental Consulting,” said Michael Madden, a 2006 graduate of the Environmental Technologist program. “I’m a little biased, but I think this is possibly the most interesting field to be in right now. There are always different jobs, different challenges, and new information to be gleaned from whatever you are doing. There is a growing acceptance of the need to address environmental issues and it is no longer viewed as a luxury. As this perception grows, there will be an increasing number of opportunities.”

The College is hosting the 4th annual Sustainable Living Symposium on Saturday March 28th  and everyone is welcome to attend. Loyalist offers both a two-year Environmental Technician and three-year Environmental Technologist program. Find out more about these and other Bioscience programs.