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School of Environmental Studies

What Can You Do With A Degree in Environmental Studies?

The sky's the limit! There are many different areas that ESS majors go into after they graduate from Tennessee Tech University. Here are a few examples:

  • Environmental Remediation and Compliance:
    • Remediation, Auditing, Air and Water Pollution.
  •  Soil Science:
    • Soil and Water Conservation, Land Use Planning, Agrichemical Management, Fertilizer Technology, Agricultural Production, Reclamation of Contaminated Lands.
  •  Air or Water Quality Management:
    • Laboratory Analysis, Watershed Management, Stream Restoration, Sustainable Infrastructure, Permitting.
  •  Conservation Planning:
    • Natural Resource Planning, Transportation Planning, Recreation Management, Building/Zoning, Park Management.
  • Environmental Education and Communication:
    • Teaching, Technical Writing, Editing for Publishers, Public Relations, Nature Photography,  Journalism.
  • Environmental Law:
    • Political Action, Lobbying, Science Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Patent Law, Environmental Law, Non-profit, Mediation.
  • Waste Management:
    • Risk Assessment, Quality Control, Recycling, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Hygiene,  Public and Environmental Health.


Here are a few of the local businesses that look to hire those with Environmental Science degrees:

APTIM Environmental Services
BDY Environmental Natural Sciences Consultants
EnviroScience, Inc.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PM Environmental, Inc.
Resource Environmental Solutions LLC
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
TriAD Environmental Consultants
Upper Cumberland Development District
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Vanderbilt University
Wiser Imagery Services

Tips on how to make the most of your degree: 

  1. Pursue volunteer and internship experience to test fields of interest and gain valuable experience.
  2. Stay up-to-date with environmental legislation by reading related literature and journals.
  3. Attend seminars, conferences, and workshops and utilize networking opportunities.
  4. Utilize the Tennessee Tech University Career Center

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