Graduates with Majors in Environmental Studies either its environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering study a variety of tops during their studies enabling them to choose from a multiple options of professions. During studies, environmental studies graduates are gain complex skills in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, engineering, so that they can solve problems through interpretation of research. During working on environmental issues your creativity will be tapped as you design environmental research models.
Ultimately the career of a person depends on the interests, skills and values that they can bring and for environmental studies graduates passion for sustainability, nature conservation, ecology, global warming, climate change, water, air and ocean pollution etc. will be helpful.
Below are some careers where environmental studies graduates can work
Environmental Management Representative:
All kinds of organization (manufacturing industries, construction companies etc.) hire environmentalist to represent them at all level. Environmentalist have to
- Develop Environmental Policy for the Organization
- Develop and manage Environmental Management System
- Keep track of all environmental issues
- Manage and reduce environmental impact organizations activities or services
- Guide management on all environmental topic
- Train the work force
- Continuously improve the Environmental performance of organization
The title of job/designation may vary depending on organizations, it could be:
- Environmental Management Representative (EMR)
- Environmental Manager
To know, where to start on Environmental Conservation, Check out : What can you do as an individual to save environment
As Environmental Consultant you can either work as a freelancer or in some environmental consulting firm.an Environmental Consultant should have basic awareness of all environmental issues in all sectors. Service of Environmental Consultants are mostly acquired when projects are in their initial planning stages. As Environmental Consultant you are supposed to:
- Help organization obtain Environmental Approvals/NOCs
- Conduct environmental assessment that can help organizations to mitigation not only current but also future impact on soil, water, air, wild life in the area.
- Identify area alternatives for project if a project has some serious issues in proposed area
In this job Environmentalist can discover/improve their research, writing and presentation skills.
As compliance officer, environmentalist have to take care of all legal/standard requirement that an organization have to fulfill. As Compliance officer, you will be looking after:
- Ensure that all legal requirements are being met
- Ensure that all customer requirements are being met
- Develop internal environmental policies or standard
To further understand Compliance requirements checkout: What is compliance?
As an auditor you will have to conduct audit of whatever you are assigned to do so (depend of audit scope).
Ethical Trade Executive
Here you are supposed to conduct audits based on Ethical Trade initiative requirements.
Conducts audit of:
- ISO standards
- Customer standards
- Legal requirements
- Third party standards
As environmental studies graduates gain skills, so they can serve as educator as well. with daily facing Environmental issues, it has become necessary to awareness about environmental issues and importance of environmental conservation. Initially environmental studies was a subject at university level but now it has become part of college and school level education as well.
So to teach these subject, subject specialists are required and here environmentalists can do their part.
To be an environmental lawyer, one has to have degree in Environmental law. As environmental lawyer, you will focus on cases based on Environmental issues. Here you will have to do research and present scientific evidence. You can also work with government to develop environmental policies and plans.
As sustainability coordinator you will be assessing the impact of organization and provide remediation measures. You will also participate in organizations planning process. You will prepare a sustainability report and communicate it at different levels. You will develop proposal with cost benefit analysis for environment conservation.
Environment, Health and Safety coordinator:
In this position you will be working to ensure that work environment is safe and healthy for the workers. You will be
- Conducting risk assessments
- Planning control measures
- Training workers on EHS
Your post might vary from organization to organization e.g. EHS/SHE/HSE office/manager/ director etc.
Except all of above, environmentalist can also work on below jobs;
- Remediation Office
- Environmental Engineer
- Green Building Engineer
- Water specialist
- Green Energy Specialist
- ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) operator/manager
- Monitor officer
- Fund raiser for NGO
- Communication officer
- Natural resource conservation officer
- Recycling specialist
- Waste management officer
- Scientist (water/air quality)
- Supply chain analyst
- Standard Analyst
- Environmental Technician
- Restoration Manager
- Occupational health and safety specialist
- Environmental Journalist
Some of these jobs might require extra degrees, courses or certifications. E.g. to an ISO auditor one will have to be ISO certified (ISO 14001 EMS, 45001 OHS MS, ISO 50001 EnMS).