Natural Resources and Sustainability Degrees

A degree in natural resources and sustainability focuses on renewable energy, business practices, and specific policies related to environmental compliance. If you’re interested in learning more about how to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment, a degree in this field might an option worth considering. You’ll learn valuable on-the-job skills as well as specialized technical skills to assume a variety of challenging and rewarding positions.

My Degree and What It’s Good For

Not all schools offer a degree in this exact field. You might find certificate programs in renewable energy and green building practices or a master’s degree in sustainability. Each school has its own labeling system for degree and certificate programs. It’s important to read each program’s description thoroughly to ensure you’ll receive the training and education necessary to prepare for a career in this field.

Once you’ve earned your degree or certificate, it’s time to find the right job that suits your skills and experience. Such titles worth exploring include:

  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Recycling and Environmental Awareness Program Coordinator
  • Sustainability Specialist

Jobs that focus on environmental and social responsibility are on the rise due to an increased awareness of climate change and global warming. With a degree in sustainability, you might qualify to work on a number of important projects that help our environment and our wildlife.

My Earning Potential

How much you earn in this field depends largely on where you work and how much experience you have. Some graduates opt to work for private companies, while others choose to work in the public sector. You can find government employment at the local, state and federal levels or work at a university conducting research and evaluating data. If you have a science background with an interest in environmental protection, you can work as a conservation scientist. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a conservation scientist earned a mean annual wage of $62,290 in May 2011.

Natural Resources and Sustainability Degree Programs

Featured Forestry Programs

Purdue University

Accreditation: HLC, NCA


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Ashford University

Accreditation: WSCUC


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Marylhurst University

Accreditation: NWCCU


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