What Can I Do Green With a Major In?

  • Communications
  • History

In the modern business world, a major in communications teaches how to combine a convincing argument with the appropriate medium to effectively deliver a message.  Governments, businesses, and institutions around the globe are committing themselves to environmental stewardship and working to create a more sustainable future.  Companies need to create sincere messaging around their sustainability initiatives.  Green branding is a talent that environmental communication specialists can contribute.

Graduates with a History major go on to careers in teaching, research, business, law, government, administration, and other fields related to history. History graduates generally possess high levels of literacy and critical thinking abilities, so are often suited to careers in communications, particularly advertising, marketing and PR. Other careers include journalism, such as Newspaper or Broadcast Journalist. Historians can tie together past practices with present and future green initiatives. They can also develop green policy and advocate for policy changes.

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

Technical Writer Account Executive
Editor E-communications manager
Desktop Publisher Multimedia Instructor
Web Page Designer Art Director
Graphic Artist Producer
Advertising Copywriter Site Developer
Greeting Card Writer Communication Manager
Marketing Communications Writer Recruiter
Product Researcher Flash Expert
Customer Trainer Illustrator
Project Manager Environmental Journalist
Media Designer Web Architect
Studio Manager Production Manager
Information Manager Environmental Lawyers and Paralegals
Records Manager Policy Makers
Fundraising Manager Advocates
Urban Planner Newspaper or Broadcast Journalist


Green jobs can be found within the following industries:

Internet Companies Arts, Entertainment, Parks and Recreation Services
Marketing Firms Educational Services
Computer Companies Advertising and Related Services
Publishing Companies Social Services
Broadcasting and Communications Consulting Firms
Media Companies Libraries
Pharmaceuticals and Medicine Employment Services
Legal Services Engineering Services
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities Consulting Services
Federal Government State and Local Government


Green Internet Resources:

Opportunities in Public Affairs   Job opportunities in public affairs and public relations

Green Dream Jobs   Provides a great selection of jobs in the business community relating to the environment and corporate social responsibility.

Re-Nourish   A green website for the graphic design industry

Society for Environmental Journalists   The only US-based membership organization of working journalists dedicated to improvements in environmental reporting. 

Green Career Tracks   Site for reviewing green jobs.

Green Career Central   A site that provides information for students and young professionals intent on promoting the green building movement. Lists job/internships/educational seminars/events

Jobs Treehugger   Treehugger.com’s job board of green jobs

Cool Climate Jobs   A general job listing site relating to green careers and climate

Green Jobs   Job posting site related to green careers. Registration is required in order to use the site’s full features.

ENN Environmental News Network   Offers online services including daily feature stories, a free press release service, and publications of environmental news.

Nature   A career resource information and job posting site for masters and doctoral graduates providing a wide range of career advice and information throughout nature publishing and group journals.

Stop Dodo   This site includes free job search and posting of resumes relating to green careers

Other Internet sites:

CERES   (Centre for Education & Research in Environmental Strategies) Networks investors of environmental organizations and other interested groups to address a global climate change.

Sustainable Business   This site provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics

National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)   Organization that provides education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities

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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