Environmental Studies

The list below contains a sample of some of the common career paths chosen by environmental studies majors. The skills you develop as an undergraduate (communication, analytical/problem solving, and technical) may be used in many different occupations. However, most environmental studies majors tend to seek work in a related field.

COMMON CAREER PATHS:

Agriculture
Air and Water Quality Management
Climate Change and Impacts
Coastal Geology
Education 

  • Science teaching
  • Public environmental education

Environmental Consulting and Research

  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • Land use 
  • Transportation
  • Energy

Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geology
Environmental Law and Policy
Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Hazardous and Solid Waste Management
Hydrology
Integrated Pest Management
Journalism and Science Writing
Land and Water Conservation/Management
Parks and Natural Reserves Interpretation and Management
Restoration Ecology
Sustainable Development

SAMPLE EMPLOYERS:

Federal Government

  • Geological Survey
  • Forest Service
  • National Oceanic/Atmospheric Admin.
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Dept. of Agriculture-Natural Resources
  • Conservation Service
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
 

State Government
Local Government
Schools
Environmental Industry

Regulated Companies
Law Firms
Financial and Insurance Industries
Nonprofit Organizations

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • American Farmland Trust
  • American Forests
  • Audubon Society
  • Clean Water Action
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Land Trust Alliance
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Sierra Club
  • Wildlife Fund
FIELDS MOST IN DEMAND:

Engineering Specialties
Environmental Chemists
Fundraising Professionals
Planners
Environmental Technicians
Teachers
Conservation Biologists

Entrepreneurs and Business Managers
Dual Track Environmental Managers 
Pollution Prevention Specialists
Geographic Information Systems
Other Computer Specialists
Environmental Communicators and Educators

JOB WEB SITES

Environmental
ECO
National Environmental Directory 
Cyber-Sierra
Sustainable Business Network 
Environmental Career Center 
Environmental Org. Web Directory  
State Water Resources 
Aprovecho Research Center
Student Conservation Association
EE-Link
Ecological Society of America

Academic/Government 
Chronicle of Higher Education
National Park Service
EPA
BLM 
Fish and Wildlife
Forest Service
USGS 
NRCS 
DoE

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: (a partial listing)

Air and Waste Management
American Geologic Institute
American Planning Association
American Solar Energy Association
Ecological Society of America 
Geologic Society of America
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Society for Conservation Biology
National Registry of Environmental Professionals