What Can I do With a Degree in Environmental Studies / Environmental Science?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.

Ideas for Careers and / or Places of Employment

List of Employers and Job Titles Posted in PSU Handshake for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Majors

Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors may find employment in a variety of fields depending on their skills and experience. Places of employment for environmental studies majors include: city, state, and federal government agencies; environmental advocacy organizations; and businesses (including environmental consulting firms, construction companies, oil companies, and law firms).

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from the University Career Center's jobs database where the employer specifically requested Environmental Science or Environmental Studies majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for Environmental Studies/Environmental Science majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Environmental Science Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Environmental Science. 

Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. 

  • Managers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Management Analysts
  • Compliance Officers
  • Biological Scientists
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Physical Scientists
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Construction Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Designers
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Civil Engineers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Counselors
  • Registered Nurses
  • Firefighters
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Architects
  • Petroleum, Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
  • Photographers
  • Financial Managers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Police Officers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Technical Writers
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Computer Programmers
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Librarians

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List of Employers and Job Titles Generated from Keyword Searches

The following list was generated from jobs databases and search engines using a variety of keywords, including, environment, watershed, natural resources, ecology, biology, and biologist.

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying roles within government organizations that require or prefer an academic background in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science.

City of Gresham

City of Hillsboro

City of Milwaukie

City of Tigard

City of Portland job specifications for environment-related jobs, including:

State of Oregon job specifications for environment-related jobs, including:

State of Washington job specifications for environment-related jobs, including:

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies: describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N.

  • Aquarium Director of Education
  • Desert Ecologist
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Organizing Consultant
  • Forest Ranger
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Outdoor Adventure Educator
  • State Park Resource Ecologist
  • Wildlife Biologist

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Professional Associations

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