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What jobs are available for people who have a degree in environmental science?

I heard that you could go into the lab and tests different things or be more involved in collecting data. I would like to know more in depth about the different jobs you can apply for with a degree in environmental science. #jobs #environmental-science

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Krisdavis78’s Answer

Hi! There are really a wide variety of things someone with a degree in environmental science can do, but it also depends a bit on where you get a bachelor's degree in environmental science and what you focus on. But in generally, the types of jobs you can apply for include the following (and there are probably others):

  • do research in the field, e.g., working in the wild with animals or plants in their natural habitat to answer research questions - this could be for a university, for the government, or for companies

  • preserve or restore habitats

  • work on legislation or public policies related to the environment

There are a lot of jobs with the government - federal, state and local, but also with companies in the building or real estate field.

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Iguniwari’s Answer

Environmental science degree provides a broad range of opportunities, depending on core modules (subjects), the opportunities are widespread all over the place. As an environmental sciences one can work on jobs related to all physical elements that makes up the environment: water, air, soil, space, etc.
Depending on interest, one can monitor, manage, and/or control the activities that taking place in each element, see some examples below, on prospective jobs on each element:
1. Water: water resource management, water quality, flood management, ground water monitoring, etc.
2. Soil: plant reearch, forest management, ecology, minerology, Land management, survey, etc
3. Air: pollution monitoring and management, etc.
4. Space: Remote sensing; monitoring earths activity from space, etc.

there all other of environmental science that deals with
Sustainability, managing earths resources to ensure the future generation has enough to live on.
Waste management and other shperes.

depening on personal interest, there's alot in environmental science that one's careear can focuse on, spread over a wide range on industries

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J’s Answer


I found some information on environmental science from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here's what they say about what environmental scientists do:

  • Determine data collection methods for
    research projects, investigations,
    and surveys

  • Collect environmental
    data, such as samples of air, soil,
    water, food, and other materials, for
    scientific analysis

  • Analyze samples,
    surveys, and other information to
    identify and assess threats to the

  • Develop plans to prevent,
    control, or fix environmental
    problems, such as pollution and harm
    to land or water

  • Develop plans to
    restore polluted or contaminated land
    or water

  • Provide information and
    guidance to government officials,
    businesses, and the general public on
    possible environmental hazards and
    health risks

  • Prepare technical
    reports and presentations that
    explain their research and findings

Many environmental scientists work for the government. Some are environmental health specialists who study how environmental factors impact human health. They investigate potential health risks, such as unsafe drinking water, disease, and food safety. They also educate the public about potential health risks present in the environment. Some are environmental protection specialists who monitor the effect human activity has on the environment. They investigate sources of pollution and develop prevention, control, and remediation (how to get rid of pollution) plans. Some (maybe you've already heard of these) are environmental chemists study the effects that various chemicals have on ecosystems. For example, they look at how acids affect plants, animals, and people. Some areas in which they work include waste management and the remediation of contaminated soils, water, and air.

In addition to working for the government, some people with environmental science background become professors or teachers.

There were 89,400 jobs for environmental scientists and specialists in 2010. 43% of those jobs were for the government. 19% were with management, scientific, or technical consulting services (these are either large engineering companies that employ thousands of workers, or small specialty firms that employ only a few workers), and 13% worked for architectural or engineering services.

Environmental scientists work in offices and laboratories. They also may spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand.

It looks like there is a lot of diversity in what environmental scientists can do. What programs for environmental science are you looking at? It's probably important to ask programs you are interested in what their graduates do after they finish school.