Eastern Michigan University
What can I do with a major in IESS?
IESS provides you with a number of opportunities to develop a career path in the environment. Internships, study-abroad programs, and research opportunities are a few examples. EMU also has student organizations that provide volunteer opportunities in environmental projects
Outside resources such as the ones listed in this part of the web site can help you find the right path to your career:
Example careers you can pursue with a bachelor’s degree in IESS: (some will require further training beyond the B.S.)
- Wildlife/fishery Technician
- Environmental Science Technician - one of Newsweek’s “50 Best Careers 2011”
- Environmental Chemist
- Sustainability Manager
- Environmental Policy Analyst
- Environmental Quality Analyst
- Program Manager in an Environmental NGO (a non-profit), such as Conservation International or WWF
- Work for Local, State or Federal Governments, like the Michigan Department of Natural Resources of the US EPA
- Other areas of employment: Planning, Hazardous Waste Management, Land and Water Conservation, Wildlife Management, Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Air or Water Quality Management, and many more.
- Government (local, federal, state)
- Non-profit organizations
- Land developers
- Environmental consulting firms
- Chemical industry
- Utility companies
- And many more.
Sample Career Stories:
- Environmental Scientist at the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Environmental Protection Engineer at a State Agency
- Environmental Advocate and Educator
- E nvironmental Scientist for a River Preservation Agency
- Teacher Education Specialist at a Natural History Museum
Other sources of information:
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics explains some environmental career tracks in detail, gives employment outlook for the careers and average wages. Job boards (worth browsing occasionally, even when you are just starting your studies)
- http://www.greencareersguide.com (also contains many job profiles)
- http://glin.net/infocenter/news/jobs.html- Great Lakes oriented!
- http://wfsc.tamu.edu/jobboard/ many student opportunities, incl. sponsored graduate study in wildlife and fisheries
- https://netimpact.org/ Green America (National Green Pages TM) is hugest pooling of green business in the nation.
- Michigan Based Green Companies
- EMU GREEN - Get active on campus and meet like-minded people.
- Green Corps
- Student Conservation Association - Many internship opportunities relevant to your studies and career.
- Peace Corps - This is where you can put your IESS degree into action - abroad.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Offers numerous paid student internships.