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Careers in Environmental Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree is interdisciplinary, incorporating studies and practical experience in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. In obtaining this degree, graduates become well versed in holistic analysis of complex environmental problems and potential solutions, oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking. They go on to work in a variety of careers and occupations, with many pursuing advanced studies, either directly or after gaining work or internship experience. The following job titles suggest some of the many types of work that Environmental Studies graduates do:

  • Alternative Energy Analyst
  • Alternative Food Systems Analyst
  • Alternative Transportation Specialist
  • Citizen Participation Facilitator
  • Community Sustainability Coordinator
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Eco-Tourism Guide/ Specialist
  • Energy Efficiency/ Conservation Specialist
  • Environmental Advocate/ Campaigner
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Communications Specialist
  • Environmental Educator/ Outreach
  • Environmental/ Energy Auditor
  • Environmental Health Educator*
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Environmental Lawyer*
  • Environmental Planner*
      • Environmental Policy Analyst
      • Environmental Program Coordinator/ Manager
      • Environmental Regulatory Compliance Officer
      • Environmental Researcher
      • Environmental Writer
      • Natural Resources Manager             
      • Public Relations Specialist
      • Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst
      • Science/ Technology Policy Analyst
      • Sustainability Analyst
      • Sustainability Coordinator
      • Sustainability/ Green Building Analyst
      • Sustainable Business Development
      • Urban/ Regional/ Land Planning Analyst
      • Waste Management Analyst
      • Water Resources Manager/ Specialist

*Graduate degree required

Further Reading

Cassio, Jim, and Alice Rush. 2009. Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future. Gabriola Is., B.C., Canada: New Society Publishers.

Greenland, Paul, and Anna Marie Sheldon. 2007. Career Opportunities in Conservation and the Environment. New York: Checkmark Books.

Llewellyn, A. Bronwyn, et al. 2008. Green Jobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media.


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