What Can I Do Green With a Major In?

A green job or career helps America on the path to a cleaner, more energy efficient future.  Those who work in green collar positions help to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment.  Students concerned about the state of the ecosystem, conservation, sustainability, energy renewal, and other areas that affect daily living can learn how their major can lead to a rewarding professional life. 

Below is a list of most majors that are offered through New Jersey Institute of Technology. Click on a major that interests you to find examples of job titles that people with that major now hold, the industries that hire professionals with that major, and Internet resources that provide green job listings, job search assistance, discussion boards, and other online resources.

For further research into job titles, consider the following:

  • Let's Go Solar -  Source of information-Source of information for renewable energy degrees.
  • Information interviewing -  Provides insight and networking opportunities with people already working in your field of interest. 
  • O*Net Online -   An electronic resource that lists job titles and describes job duties.  Once you have accessed O*Net Online, type “Green Jobs” in the Occupation Quick Search box.  By clicking on job title clusters, you will access detailed information on associated job titles, skills needed for the job, and job tasks.
  • California Employment Development Department -  Provides green titles that can be matched to job clusters found in O*Net Online. 

What Can I Do Green With a Major In?


Green Podcasts & Blogs


Information on green issues is available in a variety of formats. For those who enjoy audio and visual resources, below you will find a sampling of audio and video podcasts with "green" as the subject. A sample list of blogs is also included, for sharing your thoughts on "green" with others.



Green Video Podcasts



  • Greenbiz.com videos -  All of the videos on this link are specific to the green economy and green jobs.  Through greenbiz, the content is updated regularly and they search the web for the best content related to green business.




Green Audio Podcasts



Green Blogs





Green Academics and Research at NJIT

At our university, some faculty and students are engaged in academic pursuits and research that center on different aspects of preserving the environment and making better use of systems already in place. Some representative projects and centers are listed below.

TELUS, Transportation, Economic and Land Use System: An information management and decision support system designed to help Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science: Hazardous substance management, pollution remediation and prevention, sustainable manufacturing.

Center for Airborne Organics: Detecting and tracing organic pollutants, preventing pollutant emissions.

Northeast Hazardous Substance Research Center: Hazardous substance handling, reduction, assessment and management.

Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory: Solid waste management and disposal, environmental systems, waste water treatment, site remediation.

Laboratory for Process and Field Analytical Chemistry: On-line process analysis, environmental monitoring, portable instruments for on-site environmental measurement.

Materials Characterization Laboratory: Elemental, organic and structural analysis.

NJHEPS.org  - a coalition of institutions of higher education in NJ. Their vision is to inspire higher education to become models and messengers of sustainability.

Center for Architecture and Building Science Research (CABSR) - Engages in a comprehensive program of applied research focused in the built environment and on the institutions, policies, technologies, and trends that shape it.



Welcome to Green Civic Engagement


The greening of America affects all segments of daily life, including how we serve our neighborhoods, cities, counties, state, and nation.  This section shares public policy, resources and suggestions on how civic engagement fits into the fabric of environmental consciousness and sustainability.  Students and non-profit agencies will find information that offers insight on green opportunities through community service.


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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Green Jobs

Green jobs offer an exciting range of career paths where you can enjoy interesting and challenging work with excellent training; long-term careers that make a difference to the environment; careers offering good salaries and good progression opportunities; and the opportunity to travel as more countries seek expertise in green.

Green Job Postings on eRecruiting 

NJIT Career Development Services posts green job listings through CDSlink.  These listings are available to all current students and alumni of NJIT.  If you are a student or alumnus and do not have a CDSlink account, please create one:

  • Please go to CDSlink on the homepage.  to create an account.
  • Create account and upload resume using your UCID.
  • Log into your CDSlink account

If you already have a CDSlink account, please follow these steps to access the green job listings:

  • Once you are on the home page, click on “Green Jobs” under “More Searches.”
  • Select “yes” in the “Green Job” box and select your major, degree, work authorization status, and student status to view the green jobs that match your background.


Other Green Jobs

Jobs.greenbiz - A website that lists green jobs in all disciplines. Their tag line is: "Business.  The Environment.  The Bottom Line".

Sustainablebusiness - Green Dream Jobs – the only sustainable business job service. This site provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics.

Jobs.greenenergytv - This site lists green jobs from many disciplines.

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

Green-jobs.monstertrak.com - Leading on-line global careers network. Section especially for green careers with links to advice, news, and scholarships.

Greencollareconomy - Green job postings and informational forums on sustainability. ( This Website might be down)

Greenenergyjobsonline - Job postings in the energy field in many disciplines.

Careerbuilder - Job search resource with green job listings; use keywords "green careers" and select a discipline.

Engineering CENTRAL - Job postings specifically for engineering majors.

Jobs.grist - Job board with e-mail alerts; contains environmental news and commentary.

Idealist - Job postings, blogs, speakers bureau, forums, and other information on sustainability.

Jobmonkey - Provides information on job opportunities for unconventional companies, mostly requiring travel; includes database of employees, job search resources guide, and postings for full time, part time and summer jobs.

Cyber-sierra - Cyber-Sierra's natural resources job search. This site lists links to multiple associations and job boards related to conservation occupations

Environmental Career.com - Brings together leading environmental employers with the best candidates to work for a better environment.

Ecoemploy - Covers environmental employment in the USA and Canada, including natural, green and science listings.

Alternative-energy-news - Job posting section of a website that focuses on alternative energy news and information resources about renewable energy technologies.

Earthworks-jobs - Job posting resource for jobs in engineering, the sciences, and related subjects.

GreenJobsReady.com An online informative portal offering the latest news views and resources on breakthrough green jobs training programs in the Renewable Energy world.

The Complete Guide to Landing a Green Job.



Welcome to a Career in the Federal Government

If you are looking for a job where you can develop your professional skills and make a difference in the lives of others, the federal government has a job or career for you!

The federal government is our country’s largest employer with about 1.9 million people – including 15 cabinet-level agencies and over 200 independent agencies.


WHY the Federal Government?

Here are some benefits of federal employment:

  • Competitive Salaries – Most salaries meet those in the private sector, with regular increases. Your pay is based on grade levels G-5 to G-15. As a new college graduate, the main pay range is between G-5 to G-9, roughly around $ 40,000 to start. Starting salaries are based on your geographic location, grade point average and honors, and experience in the field. You are eligible for regular increases at the end of each year!
  • Great Benefits - Have the opportunity to choose from some of the best health, dental, life, and long term care insurance. Annual cost of living increases are another benefit.
  • Student Loan Repayment - Overwhelmed with student loan debt? Work for the government and they can assist you with your student loans! Some agencies pay up to $60,000 for loan repayment.  Click here for more information.
  • Quick Advancement - Regularly scheduled and merit-based promotions are the rewards for good job performance.
  • Generous Vacations – Ten paid holidays and up to 26 days of vacation.
  • Flexible Schedules – Don’t want to work 9-to-5? Some agencies have flexible schedules, part time work, and telecommuting options. This is a great contributor to balancing your work and personal lives.
  • Looking for a purpose? A meaningful job? - You can impact the lives of people every day. Working for the government provides the opportunity to make our country better through interesting and challenging job opportunities.



Federal Internships

Internships are one of the best ways to obtain work experience in the federal government. They allow you the opportunity to network, and are the best way to learn if the federal government is for you!

Start by conducting research on the different agencies to see which ones match your interests, skills, and abilities. There are plenty of resources to assist you in your search, such as The Pathways Program, www.bestplacestowork.org, www.making the difference.org, and www.usa.gov. The student section of the federal jobs website, www.usajobs.gov, is a primary source of available opportunities. However, not every vacant position is listed here. Your best bet is to review the websites of individual agencies, where all of its specific jobs and internships can be found.

There are full-time and part-time internships available within the different agencies. In certain programs you can even obtain academic credit while interning during the summer or school year.

To apply, follow the instructions on the How to Apply tab on each vacancy announcement. You may be directed to use the USAJobs.gov application process or a similar one designed by the specific agency.




What Can I Do in the Federal Government with a Major In?

Students and alumni at NJIT major in a variety of disciplines that can be applied in different fields. We have listed groups of majors and noted the federal agencies that would be a good match for persons in those fields of study. The agency listings are not all inclusive, but are starting points for a job search. For any agencies that interest you, check the Careers section of their website for job listings and instructions on how to apply. Some majors may include a reference to Academic Quick Guides, a resource prepared by the Partnership for Public Service. The Guides provide information on agencies that hire those majors and give sample job descriptions, but are not all-inclusive.

Applied Math, Applied Statistics, and Computer Science

Academic Quick Guide:  Computer Science and IT, Mathematics

Business (Mgmt, Finance, Marketing, Tech Entrepreneurship)

Academic Quick Guide:  Business, Management

International Business:

Academic Quick Guides:  Business, International Relations


Academic Quick Guide:  Business

MBA or any other Administrative / Mgmt Programs, or Human Resources:

Academic Quick Guide:  Business, Mgmt Programs, Administration

Biological Sciences or Bioinformatics:

Academic Quick Guides:  Biological Sciences, Medical

Interior Design, Industrial Design, Fine Arts, and Communication & Media:

Academic Quick Guides:  Art & Design, CommunicationsMedia

Engineering, Transportation, and Architecture:

Academic Quick Guide:  Engineering , Transportation

  • Broadcasting Board of Governors (all) (www.ibb.gov)
  • Department of Commerce (Electrical) (www.commerce.gov)
  • Department of Defense (Electrical, Civil, Computer) (www.dod.gov)
  • Department of Energy (General, Electrical, Nuclear) (www.energy.gov)
  • Department of Homeland Security (all) (www.dhs.gov)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (Construction, General) (www.hud.gov)
  • Department of Interior (Civil) (www.doi.gov)
  • Department of Labor (Mining) (www.dol.gov)
  • Department of Transportation (all) (www.dot.gov)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental) (www.epa.gov)
  • Federal Communications Commission (www.fcc.gov)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Aerospace, Computer, Electronics, General, Materials) (www.nasa.gov)
  • The US Armed Forces
  • Architect of the Capitol (www.aoc.gov)

Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Land Surveying, Science Technology & Society:

Academic Quick Guides:  Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences, Education

Information Technology: (IT Administration Security, IT, CS, MIS, IS, Web and IS)

Academic Quick Guide:  Computer Science and IT, Social Sciences

Law, Technology & Culture:

Academic Quick Guides:  LawLaw Enforcement, Social Sciences

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General Information and Job Listings:


  • USAJOBS: This is the recently revamped U.S. federal government one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information. Gain access to jobs in demand, federal hiring trends, resources for veterans and people with disabilities. You can search by agency, occupation, or location. Create a federal resume and job alerts for latest listings.


  • Best Places to Work: The most comprehensive rating of employee satisfaction in the federal government. Learn about different agencies from professionals working there. Search large and small agencies, and agency subcomponents by class scores (teamwork, life balance, etc.) and demographics (gender, age, minorities, etc.)


  • USA.gov: Find information about the federal government for citizens, businesses, non-profits, government employees, and visitors to the U.S. Find links to federal agencies as well as state, local, and tribal governments. Excellent source to learn more about individual federal agencies.


  • Fedscope: This online tool allows viewers to access and analyze the most popular statistics on federal employment. Provides access to 5 years worth of employment, accession, and separation data. This is the "Who", "What", and "Where" of federal civilian employment.


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