What Can You Do With a Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences?

There are many career paths and green jobs in earth and environmental sciences including, aquatic scientist,  climate scientist, conservation scientist,  environmental scientist, geoscientist, sustainability scientist, and science education to name a few. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the occupation-dependent annual median wage for employment in earth and environmental sciences ranged from $61,310 to $92,270 with a projected growth in various sectors ranging from 3% to 8% between 2018 and 2028. Most career paths within the earth and environmental science fields require you to have a minimum degree of a bachelor’s degree. Within the earth and environmental sciences programs at Brooklyn College, you develop skills and abilities that make you very marketable in a wide variety of jobs.  Additionally, depending on your career goals, there are many opportunities for crossover and integration with many other non-science disciplines (e.g., anthropology, art, business and economics, communication, political science), which can broaden your marketability even further.

Brooklyn College alumni with a degree in earth and environmental sciences work in local/state/federal governmental agencies, consulting firms,  nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), education, hospitals, labs, and many more. A full listing of New York job titles for earth and environmental scientists can be found at the New York State Department of Labor Career Zone and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Employers for Brooklyn College Earth and Environmental Sciences Internships and Full-Time Jobs for Alumni (Based on LinkedIn)

There is a lot of information available on LinkedIn, including profiles of more than 1,000 Brooklyn College alumni who graduated with a degree in earth and environmental sciences. Join the Brooklyn College Alumni group and see where alumni are currently working, their skill sets, and their career progression. You can filter further based on employer, class year, etc.

Keep in mind, this list isn’t inclusive of all the opportunities available to earth and environmental sciences students. Use the Magner Career Center resources to your advantage to find opportunities that align with your interests!

Selected Alumni Profiles

Alisen Downey M.S. ’20

City Research Scientist
Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, NYC-DEP

Ewa Poncyliusz ’19

Geologist III
AECOM (Civil Engineering Consulting Firm)

Nia René M.S. ’19

Environmental Scientist

Ratha Perinparaja M.S. ’18

Business Analyst
New York City Housing Authority

El-shawn Wheeler M.A. ’17

Community Habilitation Trainer

Shannon Jenkins M.S. ’18

Town of Patterson, New Jersey

Career Guides and Articles

Here are some career guides and articles that share information on career options open to physics majors:

What Is the Average Salary for Those in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Field?

There are several different aspects of the earth and environmental sciences field that affect the average salary, such as education level, industry type, experience, and location. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary range is $61,310 to $92,270 in May 2018. The best approach to determining possible salaries is to research them on websites like Indeed.com and Salary.com.

On-Campus Resources

There are a number of resources on campus that will help you learn more about earth and environmental sciences career options. Attend events and keep current on the resources available to you.

Magner Career Center

The Magner Career Center has a wealth of information on everything you need to get started in your career, help with résumés, an internships database, job fairs, etc.

  • They host frequent career events that may be of interest to you, which include: Careers in Science, Environmental, Sustainable and Socially Conscious Careers, Careers With Social Impact, etc.
  • You can get matched with alumni who majored in earth and environmental sciences at Brooklyn College to learn about their experiences, get career advice, and develop a professional relationship.
  • Miriam Loyd is the liaison to the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and someone you can meet with for career guidance. For more information or to set up appointments, visit the center’s website, call 718.951.5696, or visit 1303 James Hall.

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Resources

  • The department website has a section for students that includes information about upcoming events.
  • Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, the department chair, is a contact when applying for graduate school.

Student Clubs

To find all clubs and the latest events, search for the names of clubs and sign in to RSVP for the events you would like to attend.

Off-Campus Resources

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science website provides detailed information on licensure requirements for those interested in going into the earth and environmental sciences field. It is important to note that licensure requirements often vary by state, so if you are interested in living in another state you will want to see their licensing requirements.

Vault Guides

Review the Vault Guides to learn about careers. For example, you may want to review include Vault Guide to Non-Profit Jobs, Vault Career Guide to Curating, Vault Guide to Education or Vault Guide to Government Jobs to name a few.

Occupational Network (O*NET)

Occupational Network (O*NET) offers occupational statistics such as salaries and growth potential for all occupations. Additionally, you can search occupations by name or by your own interests, skills, abilities, etc.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook gives you information on the training and education needed for the job, earning potential, expected job prospects, what you would be doing on the job, and what the working conditions are like.

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences is a membership opportunity that provides a search engine for careers in the field, internships, etc.


Nature Index offer the Top 200 Institutions in Earth & Environmental Sciences. Students interested in pursuing a career in earth and environmental sciences would be well served in joining at least one of the many existing organizations.

Meet Up

CUNY Meetups hosts various events throughout the semester open to all CUNY students and alumni.

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