Environmental Science

Environmental scientists study the effects of humans, industry, production, and other sources of pollution on nature and the environment. Many of these professionals also do advocacy work, trying to curb as much environmental damage to nature, wildlife, and people as possible.  Many students are drawn to this field of science because they genuinely want to maintain and improve the environment.  Individuals in the environmental science profession work to find new ways to conserve and to improve the ways we use energy and natural resources.


Academic institutions


Chemical manufacturers

Conservation organizations

Environmental consulting

Environmental public relations

Environmental research



Food manufacturers

Insurance industry




Recycling centers

Testing labs

Travel and Tourism

Zoos and aquariums

Government Agencies

Bureau of Land Mgmt Food & Drug Admin. Natural Resources Conservation Svc
Bureau of Reclamation Federal/state/local parks Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Forest Service OSHA State/county environmental agencies
Dept of Interior Public Health Service Federal Environmental Protection Agency
Peace Corps State/county health depts Federal/state Fish and Wildlife depts.
Vista National Science Foundation


Coursework Strategies

  • Take related courses in physical science, chemistry, mathematics, hazardous-waste, soil science, aquatics, geology, hydrogeology, oceanography.
  • Develop your computer skills and gain business knowledge by taking courses in business, finance, marketing or economics
  • Pushing yourself to take writing and public speaking classes to develop your oral and written communication skills and build the confidence needed to communicate professionally.

Community-centered Strategies

  • Be aware of current environmental issues including policy, conservation, and industry trends
  • Stay current on technology used in natural resource management including software, geographical information and global positioning systems.
  • Participate in undergraduate research programs
  • Seek experience through internships and part-time jobs along with participation in related clubs, student and professional organizations, and volunteering.
  • Be aware of certification programs in your area of interest and become familiar with the federal job application procedure.