Careers

What can I do with an Environmental Science degree from the University of Arizona?

  • Stay curious and engaged. Our programs integrate biology, ecology, chemistry, physics and agriculture with the study of the environmental quality of our land and water resources.
  • Limitless opportunities. You will be prepared for environment-related careers in consulting, conservation, agriculture, law, policy education and everything in-between.
  • Career options beyond compare. Use your skills in an office, field or lab to solve critical environmental challenges. 

Our world needs you.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental scientists and specialists had a median pay of $69,400 in 2017. From 2016 to 2026, they project an 11% increase in employment growth for environmental scientists and specialists, compared with just 7% for all jobs.


Explore top career opportunities and examples of annual mean wages with bachelor degrees based in environmental sciences.

Environmental Science major

Sustainable Plant Systems major

Environmental scientist ($69,400): Use knowledge of environmental systems to protect the environment and human health. You may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste.

Agronomist ($62,910): Manage soil and field crop production, conduct research, and develop new crop hybrids and varieties with the public and private sectors.

Environmental compliance specialist ($69,400): Ensure industry compliance with environmental laws relating to areas such as emissions, waste disposal, chemical use, pollution and reporting and permitting.

Horticulturist ($62,910): Work in greenhouses, advise growers on chemical-free methods of pest management or consult landscape designers about ecologically sustainable grounds and practices

Environmental consultant ($69,400): Provide expert assessment and advisory services on matters pertaining to the management of environmental issues.

Microbiologist ($69,960): Work for government agencies, universities, agricultural companies, food safety organizations and research institutes to study and soil- and plant-born microorganisms and how they interact with the environment.

Environmental health specialist/inspector: Track health and safety conditions in residential, industrial, commercial and recreation settings.

Soil and plant scientist ($69,400): Study the physical and chemical properties of soil as well as the distribution, origin and history of soils and the plants species that inhabit them.

Environmental microbiologist ($78,400): Work with government agencies, universities, agricultural companies, food safety organizations and research institutes to study microscopic organisms that cause disease and environmental damage or are of beneficial environmental, industrial or agricultural interest.

Botanist ($69,400): Study plants and their environment to identify and classify new species.

Environmental planner ($71,490): Contribute to environmental impact assessments and develop short and long-term plans for land use in urban and rural areas while balancing considerations such as social, economic and environmental issues.

Research assistant ($45,490): Conduct research for food, pharmaceutical and pest management organizations.

Sustainability specialist: Work in the areas of sustainability, green building, environmental management systems, greenhouse gas reduction and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Science teacher ($26,000-76,000): Develop and teach science curriculum, and guide the next generation through experiments and field experiences that advance understanding of the natural world.

Environmental project manager ($69,400): Combine organizational management skills with expertise on environmental issues and regulations to help businesses prevent or repair damage to land, air and water.

Naturalist ($26,000-76,000): Research and develop educational programming for national and state parks.

Environmental technician ($45,490): Collect and test air, water and soil samples to measure chemical, physical and biological properties, and to ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations, including that affect public health, at local, state and federal levels.

Plant geneticist: Research and work to isolate genes to develop desirable plant traits. Jobs are available in public and private sectors.

Environmental remediation specialist ($53,610): Devise technical solutions to clean up and restore polluted land and water.

Conservationist ($60,970): Manage the use and development of forests and other natural resources.

Forest or park ranger ($60,970): Protect and supervise designated outdoor landscapes ensuring preservation and conservation of natural areas.

Education and advocacy: Educate government officials, policy-makers and communities about the importance of plants and thoughtful stewardship of the world's natural resources.

Industrial hygienist ($69,400): Monitor, assess and resolve workplace health and safety issues, including evaluating chemical, biological and physical dangers.

Ecologist ($69,400): Study the interrelationships between organisms through research about how plants and habitats interact with each other and the environment.

Natural resource specialist ($64,850): Manage and preserve lakes, forests, plants, soil and other natural resources.

 

Environmental science educator ($26,000-76,000): Educate individuals, communities, students and decision-makers about the importance of human interactions with the environment and thoughtful stewardship of the world's natural resources.

 

Soil science specialist ($69,400): Study the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil as well as the distribution, origin and history of soils and the species that comprise them.

 

Water quality technician ($45,490): Work with government agencies and water utilities to ensure sufficient public access to high quality potable water supplies