Environmental Careers

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
  • Academia
  • 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!
  • Independence
  • Comfort with working outdoors (for field-based jobs, as opposed to lab-based jobs).
  • Computer skills (modeling, databases, GIS -- all help)