What Can You Do with an Environmental Science Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an Environmental Science Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an Environmental Science Degree?

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary study that equips a student with many skills, which can lead to jobs in many different areas.

Many environmental science graduates go to work for the government at some level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal, state, and local governments employ 44% of all environmental scientists and specialists.

Other environmental science graduates go to work for scientific, engineering, environmental, or technical consulting services. Some work in the areas of architecture, engineering, or construction. Others work with water, air, or soil. Some work on waste management, and some go into hazmat. Some even work in the automotive industry.

Nearly every industry has an impact on the environment, so many companies need employees versed in environmental science. Employers could include the EPA, manufacturers, power companies, parks, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Some employers will prefer candidates with Masters Degrees, and research positions may even require a Ph.D.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects are expected to be favorable, especially for environmental health workers in local and State government. Employment in this area is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations, by 28% between 2008 and 2018.

Careers you can get with a degree in Environmental Science include:

  • Air Pollution Analyst
  • Air Quality Manager
  • Chemical Technician
  • Conservation Agent
  • Ecological Modeler
  • Environmental Air Monitor
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Environmental Ecologist
  • Environmental Health Manager
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Scientist (may require advanced degree)
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Regulatory Compliance Specialist
  • Research Technician
  • Resource Manager
  • Science Teacher (may require certification)
  • Water Quality Manager
  • Wetlands Scientist

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Noel

Can i get a degree in environmental science and still become a veterinarian if so please advice me how, thank you.

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