What Can I Do Green With a Major In?

  • Occupational Safety & Health Engineering
  • Occupational Safety & Industrial Hygiene
  • Public Health
  • Emergency Management
  • Business Continuity

The fields of Occupational Safety and Health Engineering, Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, and Emergency Management and Business Continuity focus on how technology and hazardous materials can affect the safety of the workplace as well as the environments in which those workplaces are located.  Many careers that students within these majors pursue can be considered green since the goal is to create work environments and communities that can effectively manage hazardous materials, meet regulations for air quality, and ensure that equipment and processes are safe for workers and the community.  Job titles within OSHE and OSIH include Health and Safety Inspector, HAZMAT Specialist, and Process Safety Management (PSM) Engineer.  Public Health majors looking for a green career can pursue jobs such as Environmental Health Administrator and Sanitarian.  A green career path for Emergency Management & Business Continuity majors can include jobs such as Emergency Management Specialist and Environmental Protection Specialist.    

Green careers can be found within each of these job titles:

Occupational Health and Safety Inspector Environmental Emergency Management Planner/Analyst
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Hygienist, Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety Technician Compliance Specialist
Carbon Management Advisor Pipeline Safety Engineer
Safety Engineer Air Permit Specialist
Emergency Management Specialist Industrial Hygienist
Environmental and Public Health Specialist Field Safety Engineer
Environmental Health Administrator Operations Safety Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Engineer Compliance Coordinator
Environmental Protection Specialist Waste Approval Specialist
Plant Safety and Health Specialist Process Safety Engineer
Clean Energy Analyst HAZMAT Specialist
Site Operations Manager Process Safety Management (PSM) Engineer
Quality Management Systems Manager Sanitarian
Wind Farm Technician Toxicologist

Green jobs can be found within the following industries:

Manufacturing Consultant Companies
Transportation and Distribution Companies Colleges and Universities
Utilities Transportation Services
Waste Management & Remediation Services Engineering Firms
Petroleum & Coal Product Manufacturers Air Quality Management Facilities
Scientific Research & Development Services Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
Chemical Companies Construction
Local and State Governments Mining
Federal Government Scientific Research and Development Services

Green Internet Resources:

NAEM   NAEM, the premier association for EHS Management, is a non-profit, non-partisan educational association dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) and Sustainability management.

EPA.Gov/emergencies/   This is the EPA’s website related to Emergency Management.

Green Careers Guide   Site offers green career categories with job descriptions, training required, training programs by state, and job listings. It also gives job search advice provided by careerbuilder.com

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