What Can I Do With A Major In Environment and Sustainability?

The Environmental Studies major allows students to explore the relationships between people and their environment. Students entering this field of study are generally comfortable and competent in using problem-solving method and data-search strategies, performing analyses, assessing information related to environmental topics and proposing reasonable action for concerned citizens. Strong listening and persuasion skills are also important to communicate ideas from various perspectives and describe practical solutions for environmental issues. Students will need to express themselves to various audiences using scientific language, technology, models, and strategies appropriate to the environmental sector.

With a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, students often pursue careers in education, business, government, political organizations, nonprofit associations or private consulting firms. Many students also combine a degree in environmental science with a career in journalism, communications, environmental law, or health professions, looking, for example, at the causes and spread of diseases. The degree also prepares many graduates to enter graduate-degree programs in most sciences, such as environmental planning; resource management; engineering; law or public policy.

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Related Career Titles

Conservation Scientist
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Lawyer
Environmental Lobbyist
Environmental Planner
Environmental Research Analyst
Environmental Science Professor
Environmental Science and Protection Technician
Forest Ranger
Fund Raiser
Hazardous Waste Management Analyst
Industrial Air Pollution Analyst
Industrial Waste Inspector
Natural Resource Specialist
Outdoor Education Teacher
Park Naturalist
Park Ranger
Resource Economist
Urban and Regional Planner
Water Pollution Control Inspector

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