What Can You Do After an Environmental Sciences Degree?

Environmental Sciences (BSc/MSc) degrees focus on the interdisciplinary study of how both natural and man-made processes interact and affect our planet Earth. Some of these fields include Biology, Oceanography, Geology and Chemistry.

What career options are available to you after such a degree? Below is a non-exhaustive list with some ideas:

  • Air Pollution Analyst: work in natural and urban settings to monitor the air quality and ensure that the obtained recordings are within standards such as those set by the UK or EU. You will need to collect pollution emission measurements, analyse pollution sources and propose solutions to limit its detrimental effects. 
  • Eco Architect: design and construct buildings that minimize the effects of urbanization on the environment. This can be achieved by using less polluting construction materials, sustainable energy sources and diminishing land usage. As such, you will work to design functional buildings (for example commercial or educational) while ensuring these are environmentally responsible. 
  • Environmental Consultant: provide expert assessment and give advice to industries, businesses and governments in their management of all environmental issues. You will be rely on environmental policy, comprehensive audits and collected data (such as contamination levels). Your aim is to balance commercial or governmental demands with those of the environment – finding solutions to minimize or eradicate the detrimental effects on the environment. 
  • Environmental Educator: work on raising public awareness and leading educational programs about the importance of understanding and the preserving the environment. Some tasks you can expect are liaising with schools, businesses and local organisations, training staff and organizing fundraising activities. This is especially for all those who enjoy working people during presentations, workshops or even guided walks – teaching is one of the most potent science communication tools. 

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  • Environmental Scientist: rely on their knowledge of the Earth’s processes to preserve the environment and protect human health. An example of a task you may conduct includes analyzing and collecting water, soil and air samples which may be used to advise policies or verify that businesses follow the regulations. You will likely work in offices, laboratories and conduct fieldwork at irregular hours. 
  • Environmental lawyer: ensure that the environment (air, soil, water), life (flora and fauna) and populations are protected by law. They also involved on advising companies on the environmental impacts associated with corporate activities which could lead to liabilities. This niche specialization overlaps with energy law and will require you to join a law conversion path. However, it is an extremely rewarding career with opportunities in species protection, hazardous waste disposal, human health.