So I'm an Environmental Studies Major, Now What?
A degree in Environmental Studies prepares students for careers in environmental impact assessment, environmental restoration, energy, water resources, environmental education, park management, environmental regulation and policy, hazardous materials, integrated waste management, and recycling. To learn more about this major visit the Environmental Studies Department website.
Where Do My People Work?
Common Career Tracks
- Based on LinkedIn, SJSU environmental studies majors commonly work in operations, education, and research. Common employers include the City of San Jose, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
- Learn about the different career tracks on What Can I Do With My Major?
- Research job titles at O*Net - Career Information Database.
- Research job statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Interested in graduate school? View Payscale's Lifetime Earnings to see how years of experience vs. degree level influence average lifetime earnings.
Where Do I Look for Opportunities?
Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
Check SJSU Handshake, SJSU's job and internship database exclusively for students.
General Job/Internship Boards
- USAJobs / Pathways Internships for Students/Recent Grads
- Santa Clara Valley Water District (View Tips on Applying for Jobs Pamphlet)
- County of Santa Clara / Internships / Volunteer
- City of San Jose / Volunteer
- CA.gov (View List of Jobs by Major)
- San Jose Green Jobs
- Pacific Gas & Electric Company
How Can I Get Involved?
- Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
- National Association of Environmental Professionals
- National Waste & Recycling Association
How Can I Increase My Chances of Succeeding?
Job Search Tips
- Research company reviews, salaries, interviews, & benefits on Glassdoor.
- Want to work for the Santa Clara Valley Water District? Take a tour or volunteer for better chances of getting an interview.
- Connect with alumni by joining the LinkedIn SJSU Environmental Studies Alumni group.
- Use the Environmental Studies Resume Sample as a guide to tailoring your resume.
- Read the Green Collar Blog for tips on finding jobs in sustainability.
- For more resources check out Geography, Global Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Education.