Potential career options for graduates who majored in environmental science include agricultural scientist, higher education teacher, chemical engineer, environmental biologist and air and water quality manager. Work options vary from work from home opportunities to jobs that require frequent global traveling, and from private companies to government environmental agencies.
Many entry level jobs in environmental science require at least a bachelor degree. Students who are in the middle of their degree program can already gain some work experience by becoming a research assistant to a faculty member.
As several large colleges and universities, such as the University of New Haven and the University of Virginia, have a department of environmental science, teaching the subject is a viable career option for graduates. As several faculty positions require a terminal degree, students who want to teach environmental science should pursue a PhD.
Becoming an environmental biologist is one of the most direct career applications of a degree in environmental science. Duties of the position may include monitoring air and water quality in a certain region and studying indicator species.
There are several environmental science societies available to help a graduate with career searching or those already employed in the field with job advancement. Two societies are The American Geosciences Institute and The National Association of Environmental Professionals.