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Water Science Careers

Make Waves

You'll help shape the future with a degree in water science.

Covering 71% of our planet, water is not just a vital resource—it's the arena for this century's greatest challenges and opportunities. With a degree in water science, you're not just choosing a career; you're stepping into a role that has the power to significantly benefit both your local community and the global environment.

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6% Job Growth

6% job market growth nationally for environmental protection technicians through 2030, U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Solid Salary

According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary for water scientists in Wisconsin was $61,535. In Green Bay specifically, the salary is $68,692.


Dive into the thrilling world of water science, where the possibilities are as vast as the ocean itself!

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Career Options

Because our program focuses on a wide range of fields, like biology, chemistry, geology and statistics, your degree opens up a variety of career options. Some job titles include:

  • Hydrologist
  • Water Science Educator
  • Watershed Management
  • Aquatic Ecologist
  • Water Resources Protection
  • Biogeochemist
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Aqueous Geochemist
  • Water Resources Planner
  • Water Reclamation Specialist
  • Water Utility Operator

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Take it to the Next Level

MS Environmental Science & Policy

Whether you're in the accelerated emphasis or want to take the traditional route, you can continue your education and broaden your professional options right here at UW-Green Bay with our master's degree in environmental science and policy.

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Jeff Possi


"The best part about the program to me is the field experiences that you get from the labs that accompany many classes. The experiences range from monitoring wells, visiting agricultural areas and learning about runoff and chemical transport, going to lakes and sampling, but for me the most fun I had in the program was the ability to go electrofishing and have a hands-on experience."

Jeff Possi '23
Water Science Major | City of Green Bay – Water Treatment Plant

John Luczaj

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John Luczaj, our chair for the program, is here to help. His research focuses on the intersection between groundwater and rocks, spanning from right here in Wisconsin all the way to south China.

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