Careers and Employment

Instructor discussing with students in the Lab

Employment Opportunities in
Environmental and Related Fields


For those who obtain a Bachelor’s Degree
With increasing growth of environmental and related fields, people who earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in environmental science face wide career possibilities including: Science education, environmental testing, research, environmental compliance and management, consulting, development of new technologies, maintenance of environmental technologies, mapping with geographical information systems (GIS) and remediation.


A non-transfer graduate, with further technical training, can qualify for full or part-time entry-level employment as an environmental technician, field service technician, geologist or mapping technician, wastewater technician, installation technician, survey technician, remediation technician, instrument technician, habitat restoration, and field inventories.


PROJECTED GROWTH
The US Department of Labor has projected that environmental science and related fields (especially energy) will increase through at least 2016, a positive indicator for employment opportunities.  In New Jersey, environmental/energy efficiency related occupational categories currently include about 250,000 jobs, and an October 2009 report by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects a broad spectrum of "green" future labor needs and markets, divided into major sectors: energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, management and remediation, and transportation