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.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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

CAREER TITLES

  • 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

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • 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

www.aaas.org  -American Association for the Advancement of Science
www.naep.org - Nat Assoc of Environmental Professionals
www.envirolink.org - The online Environmental Community
www.ecotourism.org - The International Ecotourism Society
www.planning.org - American Planning Association
www.aashe.org - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
www.ecopsychology.org - International Community for Ecopsychology
www.nyas.org  - The New York Academy of Sciences
www.nyas.org/sciencealliance - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
www.environmentalscience.org -  Information on Environmental Science careers
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS
www.eco.org - Green jobs
www.ejobs.org - Environmental Jobs & Careers
www.environmentalcareer.com - Environmental Career Center
www.ecojobs.com - Environmental Career Opportunities
www.earthworks-jobs.com - Environmental jobs
www2.epa.gov/careers - Jobs with the EPA
www.sciencejobs.org - Science recruitment
www.naturejobs.com - Life and physical science jobs
www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs - Database of hundreds of science jobs
science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/ -  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) with the U.S. Department of Energy

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