Department of Environmental Sciences

Career Opportunities in Environmental Studies


What is Environmental Studies?

Environmental studies is concerned with the challenging issues that affect environmental quality, including air, water and soil pollution, and the preservation of biological diversity. Students pursuing such studies will elect an area of concentration in one of the humanities or social sciences – most often Geography and Planning, Political Science and Public Administration or Economics.

How much are Environmental Studies graduates paid?

The principal employers of people with an environmental background 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;
    4. industry – monitoring environmental quality; and
    5. others where environmental expertise is valued, such as urban and landscape planning, public service through elected office, journalism, and public-health related services.

Starting salaries for environmental specialists with a bachelor's degree are in the $43,000-$102,000 range with a median annual wage of $71,360 (in 2019, according to the U.S. B.L.S.). To maximize advancement and earning opportunities, students should go on for a master's degree.

How do I major in Environmental Studies at UToledo?

Students should pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with an elected concentration in one of the humanities or social sciences. Students wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree at UToledo may do so in their area of concentration. They may also enter Law School with the intent of practicing environmental law.

Resources:
U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics: Job Outlook for Environmental Scientists and Specialists
Last Updated: 9/16/20