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EES1100 Master of Environmental Science Research Guide

This guide will help Master of Environmental Students at UTSC access key resources for research, learn about publishing and scholarly communication, prepare for internship, and more.

"What do you know about this industry?"

Research the industry you are about join. 

Consider the following:

  • Major players and their competition
  • Industry's main activities 

Ask yourself smart questions (and be prepared to answer them in a networking or interview situation):

  • Who are the major players that I can look to for best practices in this industry?
  • What are some of the challenges in this industry? How do they relate to my potential role?
  • What are some of the service models and trends within this industry?
  • What is the industry's culture?
  • Are there any major changes in regulation that impact this industry?
  • What area or activity within this industry am I interested in?
  • Do I know anyone working in this industry?

Industry/Sector Data

Industry profiles identify leading companies and provide market forecasts, market segmentation and industry trends.

For freely available information, check out consulting firm (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PWC, KPMG) websites to see if they have industry reports. You can often search offices by region.  Also check bank websites; law firms may have reports for industries like mining or M&A industry reports; government industry and statistical data sites are also good sources of information. 

Searching for Companies by Industry

To generate lists of companies within a certain industry (as well as additional criteria such as location, revenue, etc).  Try Nexis Uni (includes private companies) or Mergent (public companies). 

Don't forget to also look through the resources on the Company Research page.

Industry Associations

Industry associations and trade groups are an excellent source of industry statistics and reports, generally available on their websites or through their publications.

Google or your preferred search engine is the most efficient way to find relevant associations in your desired industry. Try using search terms like "industry association," "industry group," "trade group," "trade organization," etc.