The Environment, Sustainability & Natural Resources

Are you interested in analyzing environmental data through geologic mapping, helping to prevent environmental hazard disasters, or advocating for “going green”? Does learning about human/environment interactions or conservation efforts that support sustainable living sound fun to you? Careers in this community focus on climate science, ecological and geographical research, forestry and wildlife management, and protecting the environment and human/animal health, and more. Career Pathways In This Community  Since a major doesn’t always indicate a specific career path, it may be challenging to know all the possibilities and career options that exist in each field. By clicking on the career pathways below, you can start exploring some of the career options for each pathway. While these are not comprehensive lists, this resource can serve as a guide to provide students, advisors, and faculty with recommendations and keywords for further career exploration and research.

  • Climate Science & Energy
    • Air/Water Quality Management • Atmospheric Science • Climatology • Clean Car Engineering • Clean Engineering • Conservation Science • Energy Brokering & Trade • Environmental Engineering • Environmental Law/Advocacy • Environmental Resource Management • Environmental Science • Geoscience • Glaciology • Green Construction • Pedology • Meteorology • Natural Hazard Management • Renewable Energy/Solar & Wind • Soil/Plant Science

  • Fisheries & Wildlife
    • Aquarist • Ecotourism • Ecosystems/Ecology • Emergency Management • Endangered Species Conservation • Fish & Wildlife Biologist • Fisheries Conservation • Fisheries Research • Hatcheries Technician • Hydrology/Water Resources • Soil/Plant Science • Wetlands/Environmental Science • Wildlife Management • Wildlife Research • Wildlife Technician • Zoology

  • Environment & Sustainability
    • Arborist • Biological Systems Engineering • Civil Engineering • Ecotourism • Emergency Management • Environmental Law, Policy/Advocacy • Environmental Economics • Environmental Engineering • Environmental Inspection • Environmental Planner • Environmental Science/Ecologist • Environmental Sustainability/Health & Safety • Environmental Grant-writing • Green Marketing • Humanitarian Affairs/NGOs • Hydrology/Water Resources • Packaging & Product Sustainability • Preservation • Resources & Sustainability Management • Social Responsibility Research & Design • Waste Management

  • Forestry & The Outdoors
    • Forest and Conservation Science • Foresters • Forestry/Fire Technician • Ornithologist • Urban Forest Management • Zoology/Wildlife

  • Geography & Cartography
    • Biogeography • Cartography • Civil drafting/editing • Coastal Geography • Cultural & Human Geography • Demography/Population Geography • Digital Cartography • Ethnography • Field Research • Geodetic Surveying • Geomorphology & Geological/Physical Landscapes • Geospatial Information Science (GIS) • Geotechnical • Natural Hazards/Disasters • Pedology • Political Geography • Oceanography • Photogrammetry • Real Estate Appraisal • Remote Sensing Technology • Spatial Analysis • Surveying/Mapping • Urban/Regional Planning


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