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Careers in Environmental Science

What Can You Do With An Environmental Science Degree?

Many graduates are employed by environmental consulting firms and work with both government and industry in the areas of environmental regulation and compliance. Still others work with environmental advocacy groups to conserve and protect our natural environment.

Students majoring in environmental science have a wide variety of career choices ranging from:
  • Environmental biology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental geology
  • Environmental planning
  • Environmental policy and management, and more...
Or, choose to go to graduate school:

Many of our alumni have entered graduate school to receive advanced training as: 

  • Environmental Engineers
  • Land Use Planners
  • Environmental Lawyers
  • Ecologists

Employment Opportunities

Some companies and agencies our alumni are employed at include:

Environmental Protection Agency logoU.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Several former alumni work with the USEPA in the Water Permits Division and the Water Management Division. Students interested in these careers in the regulatory sector can be better prepared if they take coursework relevant to water quality and environmental management. The Center has cooperative agreements with the USEPA to support summer internships.

Image of the Great Seal of the State of New YorkState of New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Many former students work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in a variety of career tracks including Solid Waste Management, Pesticide Specialist, Environmental Conservation Officer, Forest Ranger, and Citizen Participation Specialist. A number of students pursue internships at the regional office in Ray Brook.

Malcolm Pirnie logoMalcolm Pirnie — Environmental Engineers, Scientists & Consultants

Many alumni work for environmental consulting firms such as Malcolm Pirnie. Coursework in hydrology, environmental geology, water quality and GIS is particularly advantageous. Some career tracks include Hydrogeologist, Environmental Scientist, GIS specialist. Visit Malcolm Pirnie website.

The Nature Conservancy  Protecting nature, Preserving LifeNature Conservancy

Former students work with environmental advocacy and preservation groups such as the many branches of the Nature Conservancy. Background coursework in ecology and environmental management is beneficial.


Environmental Career Databases

Environmental Consulting

Environmental Engineering

Renewable Energy


Geography/GIS/Remote Sensing



Environmental Education

Environmental Services

Waste Management


SUNY Plattsburgh Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni to better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267
Email: [email protected]