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Job Outlook|Earth System Science

ESS prepares students to go on to graduate school programs and employment in the public, private and education sector. Students are ready to enter the workforce directly as scientists and consultants in an array of fields, including:antarctica2

  • Environmental scientists
                         policy and planning
                         project administrators
                         project managers
                         field instructors
  • Natural resource management
  • Wildlife management
  • Water resource management
  • Air quality monitoring and assessment
  • Meteorologists
  • Conservation and environmental protection
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Scientific research
  • Scientific Education


Curious about the job outlook for ESS graduates, check this link from the bureau of labor statistics, which states that: "Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to increase by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.", and "Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly in State and local government.". 
The website also talks about the sources of work: "In 2008, about 37 percent of environmental scientists were employed in State and local governments; 21 percent in management, scientific, and technical consulting services; 15 percent in architectural, engineering and related services; and 7 percent in the Federal Government, primarily in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense."

Companies in the area that have recruited on campus before with possibilities of ESS related jobs are listed here. This is by no means all-encompassing though!

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