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Environmental Science Careers

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You’ve got a lot of avenues to explore after graduation.

As industries recognize their responsibility to help create and maintain a sustainable environment, they create positions dealing with waste management, pollution reduction and other environmental responsibilities. Through courses, research and internships, UW-Green Bay students find success after graduation – 92% of our 2020 graduates have jobs or are continuing their education. About a third of these jobs are in the public sector, while two thirds are in the private sector.

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Career Options

Because of how broad our field is, you could be researching the deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or leading an educational program for Denali National Park or working for Schneider National to ensure sustainable business practices. The path to your career might seem unsure, but trying out any of the jobs listed below may lead you to your profession.

  • Air and Water Quality Manager
  • Forest Ranger
  • Oceanographer
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Wildlife Management
  • Soil Conservation Technician
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Habitat Restoration and Management

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Where recent graduates work.

Because of the opportunities available in Northeast Wisconsin, our students find a lot of success after graduation through their extracurricular work during college.

  • Cherney Microbiological Services
  • Prevea Health
  • United States Forest Service
  • Aya Healthcare
  • NEW Water
  • Conservation Corp
  • Hope Christian School District
  • National Resource Conservation Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Michigan State University
  • Door County Soil and Water Conservation
  • Nature's Way
  • Covance Laboratories
  • Foth
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Branch Out

Go to grad school and get more opportunities.

A master’s degree gets you more chances to do research and internships, often produces a higher starting salary and allows you to pursue a more specialized niche.

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Laura Fehling

find opportunity & guidance

"UW-Green Bay helped to prepare me for graduate school by providing me the opportunity to build a very strong foundational knowledge in environmental science and biology. Classes like Environmental Statistics, which introduced me to using R for statistical analyses, and Plant Biodiversity, which taught me about plant families and identification, were extremely helpful. The kindness and guidance of my advisor and professors also had a big impact on me."

Laura Fehling '19
M.S. Student in Botany at Miami University

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