Career outlook: Environmental science

What can I do with a degree in environmental science?

Students earning a degree in environmental science will graduate with a general knowledge of environmental science as part of a broad liberal arts education and will have a strong academic foundation to stand upon should they wish to pursue graduate education.

Graduates of the program will have opportunities to pursue careers in many different functional areas, with most students pursuing careers in environmental remediation/compliance, waste management, soil science, air/water quality management, planning and conservation, environmental education and communication, and environmental law.

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Transferrable skills

An environmental science degree offers skills in: 

  • Critical thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Scientific reasoning skills and laboratory experience
  • Awareness of global environmental issues and common anthropogenic effects

Career insights by degree

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Selected environmental science-related career information

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Graduate study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in: 

Professional associates related to environmental science

Joining a professional association

Before beginning any foray into a professional association, why should you consider joining one? USA Today explains five benefits of joining a professional association:

  1. Internship and job opportunities
  2. Conferences
  3. Industry standards
  4. Code of ethics
  5. Updates on policies

Professional associations related to environmental science

Notable people with an environmental science major

  • Lowell Bailey (biathlete)
  • Patrick Chung (venture capitalist)
  • Susan Fennell (former mayor of Brampton, Ontario, 2000-14)
  • Pamela Matson (ecologist)