What Can I Do Green With a Major In

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Environmental engineers are essential participants in the planning, design and construction of waste water and potable water treatment plants, solid waste disposal systems, site remediation and emission control measures, and other similar projects. In today’s green market, major corporations, government agencies, private consulting and construction firms, and universities are just some of the organizations that employ environmental engineers.

Students who graduate from the Geoscience program are capable of solving a wide spectrum of problems related to engineering, geology and the environment. Most civil engineering projects involve a thorough analysis of site geology to arrive at satisfactory design solutions. In recent years, the importance of geologic factors in design has intensified, as projects require a high level of environmental protection and restoration. Solving problems of this nature is complex, and requires considerable interaction between the fields of civil engineering and geoscience. Students can find employment as a geoscience engineer or work in the allied fields of civil engineering, environmental engineering, and geology.

Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the relation between the structure and properties of materials, factors which control the internal structure, and processes for altering the structure and properties. It is a natural progression to apply material science principles to new advances in the built environment and retrofitting and updating older resources.

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

Director, Green Building Interconnect Design Engineer – Solar Energy
Energy Efficiency Strategic Planner/Project Manager Director of Sustainable Development
Wind Methods and Process Specialist Renewable Development Coordinator
Assistant Director, Western Conservation Corps Programs Plant Mechanic / Operators Landfill Gas to Energy
Renewable Market Specialist Geothermal Engineering Analyst
Green Building Analysts Energy Field Advisor
Solar Application Engineer  

Green jobs can be found within the following industries:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting Environmental Protection Agency
Nonmetallic Mineral Products Manufacturers Research Institutes
Scientific Research & Development Services National Science Foundation
Waste Management & Remediation Services Environmental Protection Agency
Wood Products Energy Services
Biochemical Companies Agriculture
Paper Manufacturing Companies Forest Services

Green Internet Resources:

American Academy of Environmental Engineers   With its focus on companies and professionals in the field of environmental engineering, the AAEE Career Center offers its members and the industry at large an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.

Environmental Engineer   Site contains list of jobs especially for engineers. The environmental engineering job involves identifying sources of pollution, determining citizen/consumer requirements, preparing reports, recommending corrective actions and presenting information at hearings.

Environmental Studies Program   The site is a good place to start in a search for seasonal or permanent employment in an environmental field. Contains links to environmental jobs in various fields of study including environmental policy, legislation, international environmental jobs, conservation and natural resource jobs, environmental advocacy and environmental education.

Agiweb: Careers in Geoscience   The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 45 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists.AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment.

Earthworks   Job listings in oil, energy, mining, geoscience, seismology, geodesy, earth science, earth system science, environmental science, environmental engineering, remediation, contaminated land, agriculture, forestry, ecology, plant science, meteorology, atmospheric science, oceanography, marine science, geography, hydrology, hydrogeology, soil science, remote sensing, GIS, geomatics, geotechnical / civil engineering, transport, asbestos surveying, renewable energy, carbon management, EIA, EMS, waste management, sustainable development, electrical engineering, maintenance engineering and related subjects

The Geological Society of America   The Geological Society of America provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry.

Environmental Jobs Directory – Green Jobs   Environmental job listings

Green Career Tracks   This resource site helps create an interest in learning more about or obtaining a green job.

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   This is a job posting site that relates to green careers. Registration is required in order to use the site’s full features.

ENN Environmental News Network Site to help nonprofits, governments and businesses from around the world get their information published and read by the people who have an interest in preserving the planet

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

Centre for Education & Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES)   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 businesses grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics

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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