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Careers for Environmental Science Majors

Overview

Environmental science is a course of study that combines the areas of biological sciences and geography. Environmental scientists are concerned with the problem of natural and social environments. Also visit the sustainability page for more career resources.

Skills

  • commitment to improving the environment
  • computer skills
  • gather and interpret data
  • statistical knowledge
  • use logic or scientific thinking to deal with many different kinds of problems
  • make decisions based on information that can be measured or verified
  • interest and ability in sciences and mathematics
  • plan and develop research models
  • recognize textures, colors, shapes and sizes
  • work well with people

Some Professional Careers

  • agronomist
  • air and water quality analyst
  • air quality engineer
  • bio-statistician
  • biologist
  • civil engineer
  • community relations
  • conservation administration
  • construction manager
  • corporate law
  • Earth scientist
  • ecologist
  • energy analyst
  • environmental compliance officer
  • environmental consulting
  • environmental education instructor
  • environmental inspector
  • environmental law
  • environmental protection specialist
  • fisheries and wildlife management
  • forester
  • fund-raiser
  • geochemist
  • grass-roots coordinator
  • hazardous materials specialist
  • hydrology
  • industrial hygienist
  • lobbyist
  • mass transit planning systems
  • analyst for aerospace firm
  • noise control specialist
  • organic chemist
  • park ranger
  • recreation planner
  • recycle management
  • regulatory specialist
  • risk manager
  • soil scientist
  • solid waste management
  • spill engineer
  • teacher
  • technical writer
  • toxic waste management
  • toxicologist
  • transportation management
  • urban planning

Hiring Organizations

  • city agencies
  • communication agencies
  • construction companies
  • consulting agencies
  • department of Defense
  • department of Energy
  • department of Health
  • energy corporations
  • engineering industry
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • fast food industry
  • federal government
  • fish hatcheries
  • geological industry
  • grass-roots organizations
  • hotel/motel industry
  • legal services lobbyist/special interest groups
  • marketing firms
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • nonprofit agencies
  • Peace Corps
  • petroleum industry
  • pollution-generating industries
  • private industry
  • public service company
  • publishing agencies
  • recycling agencies
  • Sierra/Audubon Association
  • state government agencies
  • state parks and recreation
  • technical corporations
  • transportation industry
  • waste management industry