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What Can I Do With a Major in Environmental Science?

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Career Titles

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Scientist 
  • Agricultural Technician 
  • Agronomist
  • Air Pollution Analyst 
  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Alternative Energy Specialist
  • Animal Biologist
  • Biochemist 
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer 
  • Biostatistician
  • Botanist
  • Chemical Laboratory Analyst
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist
  • City Planner
  • Civil Engineer 
  • Climatological Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Conservationist 
  • Consumer Safety Inspector
  • Curator
  • Earth Scientist
  • Eco Tour Specialist
  • Ecological Risk Assessor
  • Ecologist
  • Engineering Technician 
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Activist
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Environmental Affairs Manager
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Environmental Cleanup Technician          
  • Environmental Educator 
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Film Maker
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Environmental Health Specialist               
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Lawyer 
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Environmental Planner                               
  • Environmental Policy Manager
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Sanitarian
  • Environmental Scientist 
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • EPA Inspector 
  • EPA Statistician 
  • Epidemiologist
  • Farm Manager
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Fish Farmer
  • Fishery Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forest Products Technologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forester
  • Fundraiser
  • Geochemist
  • Geographer                                                 
  • Geographic Data Analyst
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Grassroots Coordinator
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist
  • Horticulturist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Environmental Manager
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Journalist
  • Landscape Architect
  • Life Scientist 
  • Lobbyist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Meteorological Analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Naturalist
  • Oceanographer 
  • Outdoor Trip Leader 
  • Parasitologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Ranger
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Photojournalist
  • Physician
  • Pollution Control Engineer
  • Professor
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Recycling Policy Analyst
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Restoration Coordinator
  • Risk Assessment Specialist
  • Safety Inspector
  • Seismologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher 
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Veterinarian
  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Watershed Ecologist
  • Wetlands Ecologist
  • Wildlife Conservationist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Zoo Caretaker
  • Zoologist

Employers
  • Agribusiness
  • Aquarium
  • Banks
  • Biotechnology Research Firms
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Consulting Firm
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Energy Organizations
  • Environmental Advocacy Groups
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Education Centers
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Public Relations Firms
  • Environmental Research Organizations
  • Farm
  • Fisheries
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Foreign Service
  • Forest Service
  • Green House
  • Green Peace
  • Highway Departments
  • Insurance Industry
  • Land Development
  • Landfill
  • Landscaping Companies
  • Libraries
  • Local, State, Federal Government
  • Manufacturing Businesses
  • Mining Operations
  • Museums
  • National Park Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Wildlife Federation  
  • Nature Conservatory
  • Newspaper and Magazines
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • Paper Mills
  • Peace Corps
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Port/Airport Authorities
  • Private Foundations
  • Private Industry
  • Public Health Service
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Recycling Centers
  • Resource Management Agencies
  • School Boards
  • Scientific Journals
  • Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • State or National Parks
  • Testing Labs
  • Travel/Tourism (Ecotourism Companies)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Fish and Wildlife Science
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Wastewater Treatment Facilities
  • Watershed Associations & Conservancies
  • Wildlife Preserves

Skills
  • Ability to think and solve complex problems across disciplines
  • Ability to work in teams to solve problems
  • Analyze data
  • Apply knowledge creatively
  • Apply logic to problems
  • Argue logically
  • Assess risks
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy
  • Conduct scientific studies and provides solutions to problems
  • Creative and inquisitive
  • Critical thinking
  • Define problems
  • Develop, plan, and carry out environmental programs
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Evaluate data and results
  • Gather information
  • Generate new ideas
  • Knowledge of lab instruments
  • Knowledge of safety regulations
  • Leadership skills
  • Maintain precision and accuracy
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Organize and report data
  • Perceive patterns and structures
  • Precision and accuracy
  • Question conventions
  • Report results orally and in writing
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-disciplined and self-motivated
  • Societal awareness and sensitivity
  • Summarize research findings 
  • Technical writing
  • Think independently
  • Use laboratory equipment
  • Work well with others

Salary Information 
NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2013 Average Starting Salary:
  • Environmental Sciences/Studies Bachelors Degree: Not Currently Available

Average Salary for SNC Environmental Science Graduate:

  • 2013: No salary data available 
  • 2012: $20,000- $30,000
  • 2011: No salary data available 

For additional salary information, please visit salary.com.

Graduate Data  

To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the Environmental Science Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF).


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