Environmental Science Career Profile: Sean Salvatori

Studying environmental science at UTSC can lead to many different careers. In the following Q&A, UTSC chats with Environmental Science graduate Sean Salvatori.

UTSC: What were your favourite subjects in high school?
SS: My favourite subjects in high school were physics, chemistry and algebra.

UTSC: Did you always know you wanted to study environmental science?
SS: I always knew I enjoyed environmental sciences but I didn’t know until first year university on which area of environmental science I was going to focus.

UTSC: How did you come to study at UTSC?
SS: I was accepted at Scarborough and it was an easier transition from small-town Ontario to Toronto than St. George, and it was closer to my hometown for visits.

UTSC: What was your favourite part about studying at UTSC?
SS: My favourite part about Scarborough was the intimate nature and good people who both attended the school and who taught there. There was a lot of interaction outside the classroom with people who are still friends today.

UTSC: What was your favourite part about studying environmental science?
SS: I enjoyed the fieldwork and field trips most of all.

UTSC: What did you want to be when you “grew up”?
SS: A firefighter.

UTSC: Where are you working now?
SS: I work in the Toronto office of Dillon Consulting Limited but travel and work out of many of our offices across Canada.

UTSC: Do you have any advice or tips for high school students looking to study environmental science?
SS: Spend as much time outdoors observing the environment as you can.  Learn how natural systems work and their interactions. Always evaluate both sides of any environmentally based issues.

UTSC:  Did your degree in Environmental Science help you get to where you are today?
SS: All the courses I took as part of the Environmental Science degree are applicable to the work I do today as a consulting hydrogeologist.

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