Emory’s Department of Environmental Sciences offers students an interdisciplinary approach to establish a broad skill base upon which to launch a career. Students are encouraged to engage in research and internships as part of their undergraduate experience to support the significant learning that happens when applying skills learned in class to an experience beyond the classroom.
Students who graduate with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Emory have wide-ranging career possibilities. Graduates are qualified to work in multiple sectors of the economy (governmental, inter-governmental, non-profit, and private industry). The opportunity to engage in scholarship across many environmental disciplines provides students a spring-board to enter careers in a variety of settings. Students may seek employment in jobs related to conservation, ecology, atmospheric sciences, environmental economics, disease ecology, urban ecology, geology, sustainability sciences and environmental policy – these being only the start of a long list of potential career areas.
INTERNSHIPS and RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU’s)
Since the field of environmental science is broad, we strongly encourage students to pursue experiences beyond the classroom. Internships and REU’s are two great ways to take learning outside of the classroom and serve to fundamentally enhance the Emory experience. For students who elect an internship, support is available on campus through the Emory Career Center. Paul Bredderman, Associate Director in the Career Center, is available to assist students in finding internships and also supports students as they begin searching for jobs in preparation for a student’s post-Emory career.
The Career Center posts opportunities for internships and full-time employment on its Handshake (formerly Eagle Ops) system. Students may login with their student issued e-mail and password.
Significant resources about REU’s are available through the National Science Foundation website (NSF: Research Experience for Undergraduates) and also by linking to our departmental Field Station Resource Guide.
Resource guide for Environmental Education Jobs & Internships in Georgia.
DISCOVERING CAREERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
With opportunities so broad, we encourage current and prospective students to explore the many career resources available to those who are planning a career related to environmental science. Some of the resources that we have found most helpful are listed below – this list is meant as a supplement to conversations that happen with faculty advisors and other ENVS faculty and staff.
Occupational outlook from Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm
USA Jobs (this website has all federal government job postings including places like the EPA and the National Parks Service): https://www.usajobs.gov/
O*NET OnLine (an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations): https://www.onetonline.org/
Of particular interest for ENVS students may be the Green Economy search tool on O*NET: http://www.onetonline.org/find/green
Environmental Career Opportunities page: www.ecojobs.com
Exploring careers in ecology: Ecological Society of America