If you feel a deep connection to the environment and want to spend your life understanding its
intricacies and working to preserve its varied forms of life, diversity, and health, a degree in Environmental Studies may be
the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Environmental Studies students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7
years) or doctorate degree (8+ years). Most entry-level jobs in this industry require a bachelor's degree. Master's degrees
typically lead to more specialized, higher-paying positions, as do doctorate degrees, which can also lead to positions
in post-secondary teaching.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning An Environmental Studies Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Environmental Studies include:
- Conservation Scientist and/or Forester
- Environmental Scientist
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Conservation Scientist and Forester was $62,410 in 2019
while Environmental Scientists and Specialists earned a median salary of $71,360 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and Specialists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm (visited June 09, 2020).