Environmental Science

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About this program

A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling.

Career Opportunities

Environmental Science Professors

teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$94520
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Forest and Conservation Technicians

provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.
$42780
No degree required
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Interest Match

Environmental Protection Technicians

perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.
$50960
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match


Health Environmental Scientists

conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
$80090
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Compliance Managers

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plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.
$75620
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


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Forest Resources Production and Management

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Forest Technology

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Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy

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Environmental/Natural Resource Economics

A program that focuses on the application of economic concepts and methods to the analysis of issues such as air and water pollution, land use planning, waste disposal, invasive species and pest control, conservation policies, and related environmental problems. Includes instruction in cost-benefit analysis, environmental impact assessment, evaluation and assessment of alternative resource management strategies, policy evaluation and monitoring, and descriptive and analytic tools for studying how environmental developments affect the economic system.

Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management

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Land Use Planning and Management/Development

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