Career Opportunities for Majors in Environmental Sciences


Environmental Sciences is the interdisciplinary study of natural processes and human impacts in the atmosphere, aquatic systems, and soils. The course of study is built on a foundation of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. All students also complete a series of environmental sciences courses that demonstrate the application of the basic science principles to solution of environmental problems. Specialization in either of the environmental sciences options (environmental sciences or applied environmental sciences) prepares students for careers in environmental consulting, regulatory agencies, industry, legal and science policy professions, and education, and graduate study in related fields.

An environmental sciences degree can prepare students for a wide range of careers in industry, government, consulting, and education. Many labor market experts predict that environmental industries will be a major source of new jobs in the next decade. Some technical specialties will require further graduate training either for career entry or advancement. Some students choose to combine their undergraduate degree with an MBA or law degree. Since environmental issues will impact most sectors of the job market, an educational background in this field will be attractive to a wide range of employers.

Although most graduates work in a related field, some may choose a career which does not require this specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstarated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choice, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Air Quality Engineer Environmental Protection Specialist Public Health Inspector
Biostatistician Fundraiser Publisher
Botanist Grass Roots Coordinator Research Asst.
Chemist Hazardous Materials Specialist Risk Manager
Community Relations Manager Hydrogeologist Safety Engineer
Contract Administrator Industrial Hygenist Science Teacher
Ecologist Lobbyist Scientific Librarian
Environ. Impact Analyst Natural Resource Manager Soil Scientist
Environmental Affairs Mngr. Naturalist Technical Support Representative
Environmental Educator Photojournalist Technical Writer
Environmental Engineer Physician Toxicologist
Environmental Lawyer Planner Water Quaslity Specialist
Environmental Manager Public Health Educator

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Chemical Manufacturers Environmental Research Organizations Scientific Journals
Environmental Advocacy Groups Food Manufacturers Testing Labs
Environmental Consulting Firms Insurance Companies Waste Management Companies
Environmental Education Centers Pharmaceutical Companies
Environmental Public Relations Firms Recycling Centers
Government Agencies
Bureau of Land Management NJ Department of Environmental Protection Soil Conservation Service
Bureau of Reclamation National Science Foundation Travel and Tourism Dept.
Department of Commerce Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Food and Drug Administration Peace Corps U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Forest Service Public Health Service

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Environmental Sciences

Organization Job Title
Small Business Devel. Center Admin. Asst.
York Labs Analytical Chemist
RW Beck & Associates Asst. Analyst
Con Edison Associate Chemist
Somerville Board of Education Biology Teacher
Environment Management Ltd. Compliance Mngr.
Environmental Professionals Drum Removal Mngr.
Manville Sales Corp. Environmental Coordinator
U.S. Army Environmental Protection Specialist
Sadat Associates Inc. Environmental Scientist
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Environmental Sciences

HC-V Account Manager
Environmental Affairs, Hoffmann-La Roche (MS Environmental Science) Assoc. Mngr.
Drosera Botanist & Native Plant Designer
US Army Chief of Environmental Health
Con Edison Department Manager
NJ Attorney Generals Office (JD) Deputy Attorney General
NJ State Police Detective
American Express (MBA) Director-Strategic Planning
Middle School (MS Education) Earth Science Teacher
Ecology & Environment Inc. Environmental Consultant
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Georgian Court University MA Education
Indiana University MS Environmental Sciences
Indiana University MS Public Affairs & Policy Studies
Indiana University Environmental Sciences Environmental Management
Marygrove College MA Education
NJ Institute of Technology MS Environ. Sciences
Northeastern University
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Public Health Environmental Health
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Public Health Environmental and Public Health
Rutgers University MBA
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