Green career planning
Build the professional skills you need for a green career,
no matter which major you choose.
What you can do
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
- 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
- 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.