Environmental Science

Careers

Job/Career Titles

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Air Quality Management
  • Biologist*
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Consultant
  • Ecologist*
  • Energy Conservation
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health
  • Forestry Technician
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Land Use Planning
  • Lawyer*
  • Lobbyist
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Pollution Control
  • Recycling Management
  • Research Scientist
  • Resource Management
  • Soil/Water Conservation
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Transportation Planning
  • Water Quality Inspector

*Advanced education preferred

Employers

General Industry

  • City or Regional Planning Depts.
  • Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Activist Organizations
  • Farms/Ranches
  • Federal & State Government
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Research Facilities
  • State or National Parks
  • Zoos, Wildlife Ranges, Nature Centers

Minnesota Employers

  • 3M
  • Big Stone Soil/Water
  • Braun Intertec Corp.
  • Cellular Concrete
  • City & County Environmental Dept.
  • Colle+McVoy
  • HDR Environmental Operations
  • Mayo Clinic
  • MN State Institutions
  • Natural Resource Group
  • Proto Labs
  • Sauk River Watershed District
  • Science Museum of MN
  • SHE Inc.
  • Tetra Tech

Salary and Outlook

Starting Salary Range:
$27,000-$37,000

*Subject to vary by career, company, location, and experience

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Skills and Traits

  • Affinity for science
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Flexibility
  • Good at data analysis 
  • Investigative
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Solution oriented
  • Team player
  • Willing to travel
  • Work well under pressure