Environmental Sciences/Studies Degrees
An environmental sciences/studies degree is a smart choice for those interested in ecology and conservation. You can earn a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in this field, both of which prepare you to work in positions such as environmental science technician, forest and conversation worker, and many other challenging and rewarding careers.
My Degree and What It’s Good For
Once you’ve earned a degree in environmental sciences/studies, you’ll be prepared to assume a number of different roles. It’s important to find the right program that suits your interests. Each school has its own unique way of preparing environmental science majors so make sure to research degree requirements for each program you consider.
Once you have completed the graduation check process, the job search begins. Some employments options worth considering include:
- Environmental Impact Analyst
- Environmental Manager
- Hazardous Materials Specialist
- Soil Scientist
The above list is not exhaustive. What job you decide to pursue all depends on your area of interest and whether you want to work in the private or public sector. You can increase your marketability through internships, summer employment, good grades, and involvement in school activities.
My Earning Potential
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental scientists and specialists earned a mean annual wage of $68,810 in May 2011. How much you earn depends on a number of factors including location, type of employer, years of experience, and area of specialization. Industries with the highest levels of employment in this field include:
- State Government
- Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
- Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
- Local Government (OES Designation)