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NC State’s hands-on approach to environmental science (ES) prepares you for success in a range of careers and provides an excellent foundation for further educational study. Should you opt to enter the job market after graduation, the jobs you qualify for would depend on your major and focal area.

Potential careers include becoming a hydrologist, air or water quality specialist, environmental compliance officer, environmental assessment specialist, and many other career opportunities.

Potential employers include non-profit organizations; private environmental consulting firms; environmental analytical laboratories; industrial companies; university or government research offices; or a government agency such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the USDI National Park Service, and other organizations maintained by state and local governments. For more information, explore the environmental industry section or visit our career services.

Employers prize NC State ES graduates because of their broad science backgrounds, in-depth knowledge in a recognized area of study, and their ability to link natural sciences with social sciences. This can give you a competitive advantage over graduates holding traditional science degrees.

If further study is your goal, you could pursue a Master's degree and Ph. D. degree (NC State is a great place for graduate study) or use your ES degree as a basis for building a specialty professional career after obtaining your law degree or MBA. In addition, individuals who hold ES undergraduate degrees are valued as science teachers in grades K-12: you could enjoy a rewarding teaching career after earning your education certification.