WSU CAHNRS

Washington State University

School of the Environment

Watershed Lab

Steffen Center

Forestry

Earth Science/Geology

Careers and Opportunities

Careers in Environmental Science

Careers for environmental science graduates include: hazardous materials manager, spatial data analyst, fishery manager, city or regional planner, oceanographer, water resources manager, parks and recreation planner, earth science editor and writer, forester, ground water advisor, marine conservation biologist, marine fish conservationist, water pollution control technician, watershed specialist, health advocate, soil consultant, weather forecaster, ecological restoration consultant, wetland scientist, and sustainable business consultant.

Careers in Geology

Geology students are prepared for jobs in many areas including the search for and production of ore deposits (economic geology), the use and quality of groundwater resources (hydrogeology), and the evaluation and monitoring of volcanic hazards (volcanology). Many geologists are employed by the petroleum industry. Other employers include mining companies, engineering firms, and agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and the United States Geological Survey. Many city, county, and state agencies employ geologists to investigate a variety of environmental protection issues.

Careers in Natural Resource Sciences

Highly trained and motivated natural resource science professionals are in demand. WSU graduates are valued by employers, who know that our natural resources majors are prepared to evaluate, study, and manage the complex demands society places on our forests, wildlife habitat, rangeland, and related natural resources.

You can find rewarding employment in a variety of areas:

  • Private consulting firms
  • County and state government and various non-governmental organizations
  • Federal land management agencies, such as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Army Corps of Engineers
  • Natural resource law, law enforcement, or the political arena

A major in natural resources also can be ideal preparation for graduate programs in environmental science, natural resource sciences, or veterinary medicine.

Career options are diverse. Examples include foresters, range conservationists, wildlife biologists, wildlife ecologists, park managers, information specialists, environmental educators, Peace Corps workers, policy advisors, land restoration specialists, environmental consultants, and environmental lawyers.

Careers in Wildlife Ecology

Wildlife ecology majors can find rewarding employment in a variety of areas:

  • Nonprofit and private organizations
  • State and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and
    Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Washington Department of Wildlife
  • The major helps you meet the U.S. Office of Personnel’s requirements for wildlife biologist, wildlife refuge manager, general biologist, zoologist, fish biologist, range conservationist, and soil scientist

A major in wildlife ecology also can be ideal preparation for graduate programs in environmental science, natural resource science, or veterinary medicine.

Career options are diverse. Examples of careers include range conservationists, wildlife biologists, wildlife ecologists, park managers, information specialists, environmental educators, Peace Corps workers, policy advisors, land restoration specialists, environmental consultants, and environmental lawyers.

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