The University of St. Thomas


General Career Information

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Environmental Scientists accounted for nearly 73,000 jobs in 2004. They also noted that in 2005, salary offers for graduates with a B.S. in environmental science averaged more than $31,000 a year.

Career fields in environmental science include:

Consulting: Help business and government comply with regulations, conduct environmental investigations, provide remediation, and produce engineering solutions.

Government Agencies: Conduct site assessments for transportation and community development, protect water resources, and study land use. Examples within the Twin Cities includes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Environmental Policy and Law: Coordinate with governing bodies to create, update, and maintain current and future legislation regarding environmental issues facing communities from the city scale up to the state, national, or international level. Issues may include water quality, water quantity, energy solutions, pollution control, and nuclear waste disposal.