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What are the possible careers one can pursue after majoring in environmental studies?

I am interested in studying environmental studies and dance in college and was wondering what careers others have pursued after earning a degree in environmental studies. How were you offered a job opportunity? What kind of resources were available to you during college that helped you prepare for the workplace?
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Laura’s Answer

A lot of people like to mix software and environmental science together because of how much computer science is involved in data collection and making websites/applications that help environmental scientists accomplish their goals. I know from the computer science side of things about the opportunities there are if you mix environmental studies with computer science (you can be an application developer, a Full Stack developer, a front-end and back-end developer, a data scientist, etc), but you can also be an environmental scientist, biological scientist, geoscientist, environmental engineer and a hydrologist. What you learn in college is that the field you want to enter always encompasses so much more than just your major, so it's important to realize how each discipline relies on one another and how varying your classes/studies really gives you a strategic and competitive edge. For example, if you mix business and environmental science together, you can become an operations manager or an industrial engineer for a company that wants to limit pollution or manufacture a lot of alternative energy goods like solar panels and windmills and do this in such an efficient way that would reduce pollution.

Thank you so much for the advice! I will definitely look into the opportunities you mentioned. Isabella K.

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Virginia’s Answer

Hi there - I was an environmental science major that after doing a short stint of consulting/permitting work realized that wasn't the path for me, but wound up finding an incredible career in environmental insurance (I thing I previously didn't know existed!). I'm an underwriter for an insurance company and I specialize in insurance for pollution related events. As an underwriter, I get to look at applications from all different kinds of companies all over the country, from people that specialize in mitigating pollution events, to warehouses full of chemicals. And it's my job to understand and quantify the risk involved with their operations. It's a little bit detective work, a lot of judgement, and a good amount of learning a little more each day about random chemicals or recycling processes or whatever kind of account happens to pop up! If you like interacting with people, there's also the fun element of marketing and light travel that comes along with it. I highly recommend you look into underwriting and environmental insurance as it's a great career that I'm so glad I found!

Thank you so much for your input! I will definitely look into underwriting and environmental insurance. Both sound very interesting. Isabella K.

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Sarah’s Answer

An often overlooked area of "environmental studies" is workplace safety. These are often referred to as Environment Health and Safety (EHS) Officers, EHS engineers, or other titles. This field is about designing a safe and sustainable workplace environment for many different industries, from offices to industrial work sites. We have an EHS group at my factory, and they come from a variety of fascinating educational backgrounds.

Here is a website where you can see a little more about careers in EHS: https://ehscareers.com/

Wow! That sounds so interesting! Thank you so much for your insight. I will definitely look into it. Isabella K.

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Emily’s Answer

Dow chemical has a lot of positions for this type of degree. We seem to be always hiring environmental techs.

A lot of that role has to do with compliance with environmental regulations and helping make sure the plant is meeting all of those. But you can rest easy knowing you are helping the planet!

Thank you so much for the advice! Isabella K.

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Larry’s Answer

Environmental Attorney (needs additional schooling)
Sustainability Specialist
Policy Analyst

These are some of the positions I thought of that were not mentioned. Good luck!

Thanks so much! Isabella K.

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JAYAKRISHNAN’s Answer

1) Environmental Consultant
2)Environmental Engineer
3)Water Quality Scientist
4) Horticultural consultant

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Emily’s Answer

Dow chemical has a lot of positions for this type of degree. We seem to be always hiring environmental techs.

A lot of that role has to do with compliance with environmental regulations and helping make sure the plant is meeting all of those. But you can rest easy knowing you are helping the planet!

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JAYAKRISHNAN’s Answer

1) Environmental Consultant
2)Environmental Engineer
3)Water Quality Scientist
4) Horticultural consultant

Thank you so much! Isabella K.

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