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

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List of Employers who Posted Jobs in the PSU Job Database for Environmental Studies/Environmental Science Majors

Environmental studies 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 employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested environmental science majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for environmental studies/environmental sciences majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • 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
  • Librarian

Additional Ideas Generated from Keyword Searches

The following list was generated from a variety of sources (Google, Portland Craigslist, SimplyHired, Indeed, etc.) using a variety of search terms (environment, watershed, natural resources, ecology, biology, biologist, etc.)

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 organizations that hire people with an academic background in Environmental Science.

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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  • 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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Site with Career-Related Information for Environmental Studies/Environmental Sciences Majors

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Sites with Job Search Information for Environmental Studies/Environmental Sciences Majors

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Department of Environmental Sciences and Management, Portland State University

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