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Potential Career Paths

ERM students make a difference. ERM graduates work to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, improve air & water quality, assist with sustainable development, remediate contaminated sites, restore ecosystems, and much more.

ERM graduates find exciting professional opportunities in government agencies at the local (e.g. municipal and county resource agencies), state (e.g. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources), and federal (EPA, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service) levels.

Private sector jobs include environmental consulting firms responsible for stream restoration, wetland delineation and environmental assessments, as well as utility and manufacturing companies.

Not-for-profit organizations such as watershed associations and conservancies also offer interesting opportunities.

In addition, a significant number of students attend graduate or professional schools.

In a recent survey of graduates, almost all said that their undergraduate course work had been helpful to them in their chosen careers or in graduate school. Most ERM graduates are working in fields related to the major.

ERM graduates have found exciting careers as…

  • Air Quality Program Specialist
  • Emergency Response Manager
  • Environmental Scientist/Consultant
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Environmental Education Director
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Quality/GIS Analyst
  • Land and Cultural Resources Director
  • Natural Resources Conservation Manager
  • Policy/Regulation Specialist
  • Pollution Control Specialist
  • Soil Conservationist/Scientist
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Wetlands/Watershed Resources Manager
  • Wildlife Biologist/Aquatic Ecologist