Green career planning

Build the professional skills you need for a green career, no matter which major you choose.

What you can do

Develop technology

A technical or natural sciences discipline can help you focus your efforts on developing specific technologies.

  • Biology or microbiology gives you the tools to work on biofuels and genetic and genomic solutions to energy generation and waste disposal.
  • Chemistry sets you up for careers in nanotechnology and fuel cell research.
  • Engineering and physics provide the background necessary to break new ground in renewable energy technologies.

Implement new technologies and practices

Make new technologies that are economically- and socially-viable and widely used.

  • Business and economics majors can focus on ecological economics help to bring concepts into the market place.
  • Environmental studies and political science majors help develop government approaches to fostering and implementing new technologies.
  • Majors in sociology, psychology, and the humanities can work on environmental education and environmental justice issues to provide a more fertile social setting for acceptance and use of sustainable concepts and technologies.

Improve ecosystem services

A fundamental concept of sustainable living is to recognize, value, and protect the services that healthy ecosystems provide. New management strategies, as well as new technologies, are crucial to ensure and restore the resilience of our natural ecosystems.

  • Environmental sciences, biology, forestry, geology, civil and environmental engineering, and resource management all study ecosystems and their components from different perspectives.
  • Forestry, geology, and resource management focus on resource utilization and preservation.
  • Environmental sciences, conservation biology, and civil and environmental engineering focus on ecosystem restoration.

Connect people and the natural environment

Sustainable living means understanding the links between social, cultural, and environmental sustainability. Arts and religious studies enhance our relationship with the environment.

  • Majors in applied indigenous studies, criminology, political science, sociology, and psychology are fundamentally important in ensuring healthy connections between natural and human systems.

Practical experience is the key

Sustainability is still a new concept in academia, government, and the private sector, so there is no one clear path to take toward a career. One of the most successful strategies in discovering what career possibilities might interest you and in building your resume is to pursue an internship, practicum, or research project.