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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.
Sample Employers:
  • Colleges
  • Government (local, federal, state)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses
  • Land developers
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Chemical industry
  • Utility companies
  • Resorts
  • And many more.
Sample Career Stories:
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)

Student Opportunities