Winthrop University: Environmental Sciences and Studies - Career Opportunities

Environmental Career Pathways

Conservation    
     

Conservation

Conservation

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

 

 

 
     
     

    Conservationists focus on how to care for and manage the Earth's natural resources so that all living things can benefit from them now and in the future. A professional conservationist can work out in the field for federal and state agencies like the National Park Service or US Forest Service, or they can serve in a variety of administrative, communications, or policy roles for companies or non-profit organizations. Some specific careers that focus on conservation include:

    • Ecologist
    • Wildlife manager
    • Environmental educator
    • Meteorologist
    • Land use planner
    • Environmental lawyer
        • Ecologist
        • Wildlife manager
        • Environmental educator
        • Meteorologist
        • Land use planner
        • Environmental lawyer

    Recommended Major: Environmental Science

    Recommended Minors: Biology, Geology, Political Science, Biology Education, Leadership Studies, Outdoor Leadership

     

 

Conservation Careers

Conservation Careers

Conservationists focus on how to care for and manage the Earth's natural resources so that all living things can benefit from them now and in the future. A professional conservationist can work out in the field for federal and state agencies like the National Park Service or US Forest Service, or they can serve in a variety of administrative, communications, or policy roles for companies or non-profit organizations. Some specific careers that focus on conservation include:

  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Environmental educator
  • Meteorologist
  • Land use planner
  • Environmental lawyer
      • Ecologist
      • Wildlife manager
      • Environmental educator
      • Meteorologist
      • Land use planner
      • Environmental lawyer

Recommended Major: Environmental Science

Recommended Minors: Biology, Geology, Political Science, Biology Education, Leadership Studies, Outdoor Leadership, Geography

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Environmental Justice Careers

Environmental Justice

Environmental issues impact everyone, but they don't necessarily impact everyone in the same way. Impoverished communities and communities of color are often disproportionately impacted by environmental issues--like air pollution, poor water quality, rising temperatures, and natural disasters. Careers in Environmental Justice focus on various aspects of these issues, such as protecting rights, addressing inequities, and making the world a safer place to live for everyone. Some specific careers that focus on environmental justice include:

  • Sustainability manager
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Conservation scientist
  • Agricultural engineer
  • International development

Recommended Major: Environmental Science or Environmental Studies

Recommended Minors: Sustainability, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psycology, Geology, Geography

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Environmental Policy and Planning Careers

Careers in Environmental Policy and Planning focus on researching, designing, and implementing strategies that can help individuals, communities, governments, and businesses meet their environmental goals. A policy or planning professional can work for local, state, or federal governements or they can advise politicians or businesses. Some specific Environmental Planning and Policy careers include:

  • Environmental analyst
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Environmental remediator
  • City planner
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Urban/ Regional/ Land Planning Analyst

Recommended Major: Environmental Science or Environmental Studies

Recommended Minors: Sustainability, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psycology, Geology, Geography


The Center for Career Development and Internships provides an immense amount of information, training, and support. Please visit their web page regularly.

The Center for Career Development and Internships web site provides resume advice as well as information on what environmental professionals do.

There are many places for environmental professionals to look for a job. Here are a few websites that may be helpful.

Last Updated: 11/22/22