What can you do with a major in Environmental Studies?

Today’s complex environmental challenges call for versatile professionals who can adapt to and thrive in a variety of settings. Many of our alumni find careers in education, advocacy, consulting or policy, but they succeed in a diverse range of career paths. Trained to think critically, conduct research, apply sustainability frameworks and communicate to diverse audiences, graduates are prepared for environmental careers in government, non-profits, business, education and consulting. They use their understanding of how political, cultural and socio-economic conditions impact our natural and urban environments to shape conversations and realize solutions for our collective futures.

Whether you have targeted career goals or are still considering which path is right for you, the Program on the Environment has resources to help you. We offer a strong career support system with job postings, opportunities to meet employers, resources and advising available throughout the year.


Sample Alumni Job Titles

Sample Alumni Employers

  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Climate Policy Analyst
  • Director of Operations
  • Environmental Control Technician
  • Management & Program Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Resource Conservation Specialist
  • UX designer
  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Cascadia Consulting Group
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Audubon Society
  • Omnidian Solar
  • Puget Sound Energy Efficiency Services
  • US Forest Service

Alumni Profiles


The College of the Environment regularly updates an extensive job board covering a breadth of environmental professional opportunities. Bookmark or check this page often.

College of the Environment Career Opportunities

Additionally, the Program on the Environment offers

  • a curated weekly email career list-serv which includes a monthly career advice segment for exploring career paths related to this major. To sign up, email the adviser, Ana Wieman, at
  • a Career Cube with sample roles and professions related to Environmental Studies. The cube is located in the Program on the Environment Commons and is accessible anytime.

Other UW Resources

Outside Resources

Below are some resources for exploring opportunities with government agencies and other organizations. This list is not comprehensive, and we encourage students to seek out other resources as well.

Environmental Career Resources

Job Boards