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Environmental Science

The problems of the environment are so complex and far reaching that many different occupations are involved in finding solutions. The Environmental Science major gives you a basic understanding of the physical, geological and social sciences and how they apply to environmental processes and issues.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Agricultural Chemicals Inspector Irrigation Water Manager *
Air Pollution Control Analyst * Land Use Planner *
Biological Control Specialist Natural Resources Assistant *
Coastal Zone Planner * Noise Pollution Specialist
Community Health Inspector Oceanographer/Marine Ecologist
Demographic Specialist Park Ranger *
Energy Conservation Economist Parks And Recreation Specialist *
Environmental Biochemist Power Engineer
Environmental Designer Radiation Protection Specialist *
Environmental Economist Radiological Programs Engineer
Environmental Educator Range Management Scientist
Environmental Engineer Resources Policy Analyst *
Environmental Impact Analyst * Sanitary Engineer *
Environmental Lawyer Sedimentologist
Environmental Lobbyist * Soil Conservationist *
Fish And Game Warden * Solid Waste Manager
Fisheries Scientist Toxicologist
Forester * Transportation Planner *
Geodesist Urban Or Regional Planner *
Geothermal Analyst Utility Corridor Planner *
Hazardous Waste Specialist * Water Pollution Technician *
Hydrographer * Water Resources Engineer
Hydrologist * Wildlife Biologist
Industrial Hygienist * Wildlife Preserve Manager
Interpretive Naturalist *  
*See Training section

Nature of the Work


The type of work done by environmentalists is generalized here under a few major classifications:
  • Ecologists study of the relations of organisms, or of whole local ecosystems, to their environments. Their work frequently involves pure research in a university of government agency setting.
  • Conservationists devote their careers to the protection and wise use of our natural resources: soil, water, forests, minerals, wildlife, and grazing lands.
  • Environmental design, architecture, planning and urban development have to do with land use and buildings.

Places of Employment

Universities and colleges Federal agencies including:
Hospitals - Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental consulting firms - Bureau of Land Management
Manufacturing firms - Forest Service
Oil companies - National Parks Service
Public utilities - Geological Survey
Independent research laboratories - Department of Agriculture
Consulting engineering firms - Rural Development Services
City, county and state agencies including: - Soil Conservation Service
- Departments of public health - Department of the Interior
- Planning departments - Federal Power Commission
- Coastal agencies - National Aeronautics and Space
- Water treatment facilities - Federal Highway Administration
- Water authorities - Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Departments of conservation - Agricultural Research Service
- Departments of agriculture - Bureau of Mines
- Departments of community development - Fish and Wildlife Service
- Departments of public works  


Check out the jobs with asterisks. They may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

Many jobs at the professional level require a master's or Ph.D. If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, a Ph.D. is a must.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

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