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Graduates of the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences move forward to important positions in industry, government, and the academic world. An undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science can lead to a professional career in government service or private industry. The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) has traditionally been the main employer of graduating students, but certain provincial governments and environmental consulting and engineering firms also employ graduates. Those completing the M.Sc. program have a strong preparation for careers in operational meteorology and physical oceanography, in high school and junior college teaching, and in consulting work associated with resource development and environmental monitoring. The Ph.D. program is designed for those interested mainly in pursuing research, administrative and academic careers. The Federal Atmospheric Environment Service, with large research centres in Dorval, Québec and Downsview, Ontario as well as many operational units throughout Canada, is a major employer of atmospheric scientists. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, with multidisciplinary research laboratories in Sidney (British Columbia), Mont Joli, (Québec), Dartmouth, (Nova Scotia) and St. John's, (Newfoundland) employ several hundred marine scientists, including many physical oceanographers. In addition, there are other federal departments as well as many provincial government groups, which employ atmospheric and oceanic scientists in all parts of Canada.

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