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Resume Tips or Strategies:

Career Resources for Environmental Science Majors:

Environmental Science Graduate Programs:

  • Environmental Science MS, PhD
  • Sustainable Management MS
  • Environment and Natural Resources MS, PhD
  • Earth Science MS, PhD
  • Sustainability PhD

Career options:

  • Master’s Degree:
    • Climatologist
    • Ecologist
    • Environmental Biologist
    • Environmental Biotechnologist
    • Environmental Chemist
    • Environmental Engineer
    • Environmental Planner
    • Natural Resource Specialist
    • Outdoor Adventure Educator
    • State Park Resource Ecologist
  •  PhD:
    • Professor
    • Researcher

Salary and job outlook information

Title Median Salary Outlook
Postsecondary Teachers $68,970 +19% (faster than average)
Agricultural and Food Scientists $58,610 +9% (average)
Natural Sciences Managers $115,730 +6% (slower than average)
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers $37,590 +14% (average)
Water Transportation Occupations $48, 980 +13% (average)
Food and Tobacco Processing Workers $25,780 0%
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers $33,430 -5% (decline)
Conservation Scientists and Foresters $59,060 +3% (slower than average)
Environmental Scientists and Specialists $63,570 +15% (faster than average)
Environmental Lawyer $113,530 +10% (average)
Urban and Regional Planners (Environmental and Natural Resources Planner) $65,230 +10% (average)
Environmental Engineering Technicians (Compliance Specialist, Environmental Engineering Assistant, Environmental Field Technician, etc) $45,350 +18% (faster than average)
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians $41,240 +19% (faster than average)
Environmental Engineers (Environment Remediation Engineer) $80,890 +15% (faster than average)
Geographers $74,760 +29% (much faster than average)


 

  • Research and teaching go hand-in-hand, so it is natural that most graduate programs will emphasize both. Graduate students in most programs, particularly those in a PhD degree program, participate in teaching activities at some stage of their career.
  • It is best to apply to a professor rather than a program.

  • Consider opportunities in the following industries:
    • Federal, State and Local Government:
      • Army Corps of Engineers
      • Dept of Defense
      • Environmental Protection Agency
      • Dept of Interior
      • Dept of Agriculture
      • Fish and Wildlife Service
      • Geological Survey
      • Public Works Departments
      • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
      • National Park Service
      • Planning Departments
    • Agriculture/Environmental Consulting Firms
    • Recycling Centers
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • State Farm Bureaus
    • Environmental Research Labs/Private labs
    • Privately owned farms/ranches
    • Water Treatment Plants
    • Consumer Product Manufacturers
    • Real Estate Development Companies
    • Land Trust Organizations
    • Zoological Parks
    • Hunting and Fishing clubs
    • Wildlife ranges
    • Newspapers, Publishing Companies, Educational/Scientific Software Companies
    • Environmental/Business Law offices
  • Environmental science offers a broad opportunity that may be paired with other sciences and degrees (such as marine biology, chemistry, agriculture, journalism, legal studies, etc)
  • Pursue volunteer or internship experience to test fields of interest and gain valuable experience. Take independent research classes if possible.
  • Attend seminars, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional associations or public interest groups and utilize networking opportunities. This will open many doors and may give you ideas you may not have previously thought of.
  • A bachelor’s degree will qualify one for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist or research assistant in education, industry and government as well as nontechnical work in writing, sales, photography, legislation, etc.
  • A masters and doctoral degree will allow you greater specialization and may lead to advanced research and administrative positions.
  • It is important to develop a skill that will make you desired (programming, foreign languages, geographic information systems experience, database management, field experience, surveying, etc)
  • Pursue certificates such as HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response)
  • Reach out early and ask for information on future opportunities

Career Resources for MS Environmental Science:

Salary and job outlook information

Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Postsecondary Teachers $68,970 +19% (faster than average)
Agricultural and Food Scientists $58,610 +9% (average)
Natural Sciences Managers $115,730 +6% (slower than average)
Conservation Scientists and Foresters $59,060 +3% (slower than average)
Environmental Scientists and Specialists $63,570 +15% (faster than average)
Environmental Lawyer $113,530 +10% (average)
Urban and Regional Planners (Environmental and Natural Resources Planner) $65,230 +10% (average)