What Can I Do With This Major

Environmental Studies graduates are regularly accepted into graduate programs at colleges and university like American University, Antioch College, Bard College, Ben Gurion University—Israel, Columbia University, University of Colorado, University of Connecticut—Storrs, Kings College—London, University of Maryland—College Park, Pace University School of Law, Pratt Institute, New York University, Yale University, University of Vermont School of Law, University of Virginia Law School, etc.

Some students prefer to enter the job force immediately upon graduation and have found challenging employment with Ciba-Gigy, Department of Environmental Protection, American Museum of Natural History, NYC Parks Department, Westchester County Department of Conservation, Long Island Sound Taskforce, NY/NJ Port Authority, various environmental consulting firms, etc. With these and other employers, our graduates are working in areas such as compliance, research, advocacy, impact analysis, and GIS (geographic information systems).

The Department of Commerce estimates that 60,000 to 70,000 new jobs will be created within the next few years in private companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Those students who have completed a four-year degree in environmental studies and possess a strong liberal arts background, a basic understanding of the physical sciences, and good critical reasoning and communication skills will be the first to benefit from this enhanced job market.

Jobs in the corporate sector include:

  • Policy Making
  • Public Relations
  • Management of Environmental Programs
  • Environmental Communications Specialists
  • Regulations Compliance Experts

Jobs in the government sector are available with:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Park Service
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Labor
  • Forest Service
  • Consumer Product Safety Board
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Trade Commission

Environmental Careers:

The internship experience is a fundamental part of the environmental studies major. All students are required, in their third year, to enroll in the “Environmental Internship Course,” ENV 380. Often, the first work experience of most environmental professionals is an internship or volunteer position. Students will gain first-hand experience of the process of reconciling individual and community needs and environmental protection through internships in regional/ municipal environmental planning agencies and national and local non-profit agencies. These internships will also provide students with employment opportunities in the rapidly growing field of environmentalism.

Currently interns are placed at:

  • Long Island Task Force
  • Westchester Environmental Coalition
  • Environmental Center - Pace University
  • Citizens Environmental Coalition
  • Read Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tailside Museum - Bear Mountain State Park
  • City of New York Parks Department
  • Greenpeace
  • Sierra Club
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Westchester County Executive Office
  • The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
  • The Audubon Society