Department of Environmental Sciences

Career Opportunities in Environmental Science

 What is Environmental Science?

Environmental scientists seek to identify, understand and respond to challenging issues that affect environmental quality, including air, water and soil pollution, and the preservation of biological diversity.

 How much are environmental scientists paid?
The principal employers of environmental scientists are:
  1. environmental consulting companies;
  2. government – federal, state and local organizations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies that are mostly concerned with environmental matters;
  3. private conservation organizations; and
  4. industry – monitoring environmental quality.
Starting salaries for environmental scientists with a baccalaureate degree are in the $25,000 to $45,000 range. To maximize advancement and earning opportunities, students should go on for a master's degree.
 How do I become an environmental scientist at UT?

Students should pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science following either the 'ecology' or 'geology' tracks. Student wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree may elect to do so in either Biology (Ecology Track) or Geology (Environmental Track).

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics:  Job Outlook for Environmental Scientists
Last Updated: 10/21/19