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

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


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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