Career and Graduate Planning
Environmental Studies majors gain skills, knowledge, and experiences valuable to a variety of career paths and graduate programs. Start with the links and resources below to plan for your future after graduation.
A Bachelor’s Degree with an Environmental Studies major provides a strong foundation for careers in environmental policy and planning, outreach and communications, and environmental education. Alumni of the Program on the Environment have gone on to work for environmental nonprofit organizations, environmental consulting firms, and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The resources below can help you explore environmental careers and begin your job search.
- Washington State Environmental Services Directory
This directory lists more than 500 companies, organizations and individuals in more than 100 environmental categories. Use this site to find environmental consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and governments agencies who hire environmental professionals. Bookmark the websites of organizations you are interested in working for, and frequently check the job listings page for each company. Even if you are a freshman just starting at UW, it is important to become familiar now with the kind of credentialing that these organizations require.
- UW Career Center
Visit the Career Center on the first floor of Mary Gates Hall to review job openings, obtain career counseling, and learn about the Campus Recruiting Program and the many other services that the Career Center provides. These services are free until you graduate, at which point the Career Center will assess fees associated with these services.
- Green Career Brochure: The four-page brochure is aimed at high school students and college freshman and sophomores who are thinking about pursuing the environment as a field of study. The brochure shows the wide range of "green careers" by listing job descriptions and showing young people in a variety of professional activities.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Provides occupational employment and wage estimates and projections.
Job Listings and Career Resources
Here is a compiled a list of over 85 different job listings and career resources to help you with your job search. Check it out! Download here
- EPA Region 9 Environmental Careers Resource Guide
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Parks Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- Department of Energy
- University of Washington Employment
- Washington State Job Opportunities
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- WA Department of Ecology
- WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
- WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- WA Office of Community Development
Other University Environmental Career Centers
- Duke University—Nicholas School of The Environment
- Indiana University—School of Public and Environmental Affairs
The Environmental Studies major prepares students for a variety of graduate programs. PoE alumni are completing graduate studies in fields ranging from Forest Resources to Public Affairs to Landscape Architecture. Transitioning from undergraduate studies to a graduate program requires strategic course selection, a vision for your educational and career goals, researching programs and advance planning of exams and admissions deadlines. PoE advisers are available to help you research options for environmental graduate studies. Additional helpful links: