What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Soil Science

Sub-Area:

  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Land Use Planning
  • Waste Disposal
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Reclamation of Contaminated Lands
  • Landfill Operation and Monitoring
  • Agrichemical Management
  • Fertilizer Technology
  • Agricultural Production
  • Research
  • Education

Employers:

  • Government agencies including:
    • US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Natural Resource Conservation Services
    • USDA Forest Service
    • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • State farm bureaus
  • Environmental research laboratories
  • Agricultural or environmental consultant firms
  • Privately owned farms and ranches
  • Universities

Area:

Solid Waste Management

Sub-Area:

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Logistics
  • Planning
  • Recycling
  • Transportation
  • Compliance

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private waste management firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Hazardous Waste Management

Sub-Area:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Quality Control
  • Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Planning
  • Compliance

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private companies that generate hazardous waste in production
  • Hazardous waste management firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Air Quality Management

Sub-Area:

  • Engineering
  • Planning
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Quality Analysis
  • Meteorology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety and Health Management
  • Toxicology
  • Project Development
  • Compliance

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private industry
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Water Quality Management

Sub-Area:

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Aquatic Toxicology
  • Biology
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • Hydrogeology and Hydrology
  • Drinking Water Supply and Treatment
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Surface Water Management
  • Estuary Management
  • Wetlands Protection
  • Compliance
  • Industrial Engineering

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Corporations
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Treatment plants

Area:

Land and Water Conservation

Sub-Area:

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Planning
  • Law
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Preserve Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Soil Conservation
  • Land Acquisition

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Indian nations
  • Utilities and timber companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Land trust organizations such as The Nature Conservancy or Trust for Public Land

Area:

Fishery and Wildlife Management

Sub-Area:

  • Aquaculture
  • Botany
  • Data Management
  • Biology
  • Hatchery Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Research
  • Planning

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Marine sport fisheries
  • Utility companies
  • Developers
  • Timber companies
  • Wildlife ranges
  • Scientific foundations
  • Zoological parks
  • Hunting and fishing clubs
  • Consulting firms
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration and Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Recreation Planning
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Research
  • Site Operations and Maintenance
  • Ecotourism
  • Direct Mail Merchandising

Employers:

  • National Park Service
  • Federal agencies
  • State, county, or city parks
  • Resorts
  • Marinas
  • Privately owned facilities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tourism agencies

Area:

Forestry

Sub-Area:

  • Consulting
  • Entomology
  • Hydrology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Planning
  • Research
  • International Forestry
  • Urban Forestry

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Consulting firms
  • Timber companies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Environmental Education and Communication

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Tourism
  • Law Regulation
  • Compliance
  • Political Action/Lobbying

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Public and private elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Two-year community colleges
  • Four-year institutions
  • Corporations
  • Consulting firms
  • Media
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Political Action Committees

Area:

Planning

Sub-Area:

  • Air Quality
  • Aviation
  • Building/Zoning
  • Land-Use
  • Consulting
  • Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

Employers:

  • Federal, state, regional, and local government
  • Corporations
  • Consulting firms
  • Banks
  • Real estate development companies
  • Law firms
  • Architectural firms
  • Market research companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Nonprofit groups

Area:

Environmental Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Large corporations
  • Federal and State government agencies including:
    • US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Department of Justice
    • Attorney General Office
  • Nonprofit organizations, e.g. Green Action and Natural Resources Defense Council

General Information and Strategies

  • Environmental studies and environmental science differ from each other in the amount of science course work needed.
  • Environmental studies provides a broad base of hard sciences as well as liberal arts or social science coursework.
  • Environmental science incorporates hard sciences and environmental sciences.
  • Choice depends upon career focus, for example, administration or policy-making versus technical areas or research.
  • Combine liberal arts skills with analytical skills to increase employability. Formally, obtain a double major or minor in one of these areas. Informally, obtain these skills through internships, co-ops, volunteer work, summer jobs, or independent research projects.
  • Become familiar with current environmental laws and regulations. Stay up-to-date with changing environmental legislation.
  • Join related professional associations; read related literature and journals to keep up with new developments.
  • Attend seminars, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional associations or public interest groups.
  • Network and get to know people who are working in area of interest.
  • Research agencies/organizations of interest before applying for a position.
  • Learn local, state and federal government job application procedures.
  • Obtain graduate degree for job security/advancement.

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