Environmental Science is concerned with the physical, chemical and biological conditions of the environment and addressing environmental problems. This broad-based field has employment opportunities in almost every sector of the economy. Environmental Scientists are employed by industrial companies, utilities, the health care industry, environmental consulting firms, educational/research institutions, and federal, state and local government agencies. Employment opportunites for environmental scientists in the U.S. are projected to grow 25% by 2016.
Job duties for Environmentlal Scientists are varied, including air and water quality monitoring, wetland delineation, pollution control, ecosystem restoration, endangered species management, occupational health and safety, remediation and reclamation of disturbed land, stormwater, wastewater and solid waste management, environmental research, and environmental assessment, planning, regulation and compliance.
|Examples of SFA Environmental Science Alumni Initial Employment|
|US Environmental Protection Agency||Environmental Scientist|
|USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service||Soil Conservationist|
|Texas Commission on Environmental Quality||Environmental Scientist|
|Atkins Environmental||Biomonitoring Specialist|
|URS Corporation||Environmental Scientist|
|Liase Environmental Incorporated||Environmental Scientist|
|ATC Associates Inc.||Staff Environmental Scientist|
|LCRA Environmental Lab Service||Laboratory Analyst|
|Unified Services of Texas||Environmental Scientist|
|Quebec-Labrador Foundation||River Conservation Associate|
|Omega Environmental Services||Environmental Technician|
|State of Florida||Environmental Supervisor I|
|Designers and Planners Inc.||Environmental Analyst|
|City of Longview, Texas||Sanitarian-Environmental Health|
|Hydrex Environmental||Environmental Scientist|
|Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
|METCO Environmental||Environmental Scientist|
|Sabine Mining Company||Reclamation Manager|
|City of Nacogdoches, Texas||Assistant City Planner|
Environmental Scientists often work in multidisciplinary teams with other scientists and engineers on environmental projects. Employment opportunities exist in both urban and rural locations throughout Texas, the nation, and internationally.
The Division of Environmental Science at Stephen F. Austin State University offers both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree programs in environmental science. Graduates of the Environmental Science programs at Stephen F. Austin State University are well trained and therefore highly employable.
Employers contact and visit the Division regularly to seek graduates of the programs. The Division of Environmental Science actively assists in permanent job placement for graduates by arranging on-campus interview opportunites with employers and by maintaining a regularly updated Environmental Science jobs-available listing on the web.
In addition, many students while in the program are employed on research projects conducted by the faculty. The Division also cooperates with outside employers in the development of internship opportunities for students. Both of these temporary employment opportunities provide students with additional valuable experience in the profession while still in school.
See our links page for web pages listing current employment opportunities for Environmental Science.