What you can do with a degree in Environmental Science or Studies?
Who's hiring Students with degrees in Environmental Science?
- The Oil and Gas Industry
- Hydro/Environmental/Engineering Geology
- Federal Government
- State Geological Surveys
- Mining and Mineral Industry
- Department of Energy National Laboratories
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
- U.S. Geological Survey
- National Marine Fisheries
- U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy
- State Coastal Commissions (California Coastal Commission)
What kind of work are Environmental Scientists doing?
- Predicting the behavior of environmental systems and the universe.
- Conserving natural resources, such as ground water, petroleum, and metals.
- Conserving soils and maintaining agricultural productivity.
- Developing natural resources in ways that safeguard the environment.
- Maintaining quality of water supplies.
- Reducing human suffering and property loss from natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and tsunamis.
- Determining physical and biological controls on natural environments and habitats and predicting the impact of human activities on them.
- Defining the balance between society's demand for natural resources and the need to sustain healthy ecosystems.
- Understanding global climate patterns.
What skills are required? (or recommended)
- Strong foundational knowledge in physical sciences and biological sciences.
- Strong math skills (the higher the better)
- Flexibility -- especially in terms of location. There are lots of jobs if you're willing to move to find them!
- Comfort with working outdoors (for field-based jobs, as opposed to lab-based jobs).
- Computer skills (modeling, databases, GIS -- all help)