Career Development

Environmental Studies

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Environmental Studies and  find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being an Environmental Studies major at Purchase College. 

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Observing, collecting, and analyzing data
  • Concentration
  • Conduct and explain scientific research
  • Accuracy and detail
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Reading, writing, speaking and memorizing
  • Technology skills
  • Assess risks
  • Define problems
  • Apply knowledge creatively


  • Camp Director
  • Conservation Analyst
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Conservationist
  • Ecologist
  • Economist
  • Educator
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Hazardous Materials/Waste Specialist
  • Laboratory Scientist  
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Naturalist
  • Outdoor Trip Leader
  • Park Ranger
  • Planning Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Urban Planner


  • Environmental Agencies
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Educational Institutions
  • Parks
  • Zoos
  • Foundations
  • Legal Institutions
  • Laboratories
  • Manufactures
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Camps
  • Government Agencies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS  -American Association for the Advancement of Science - Nat Assoc of Environmental Professionals - The online Environmental Community - The International Ecotourism Society - American Planning Association - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - International Community fo Ecopsychology  - The New York Academy of Sciences - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. -  Information on Environmental Science careers - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Green jobs - Environmental Jobs & Careers - Environmental Career Center - Environmental Career Opportunities - Environmental jobs - Jobs with the EPA - Science jobs listed by area - Life and physical science jobs
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Updated  9/15

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Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

Program Requirements



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