Welcome to the Grad Corner!
As you progress through your undergraduate degree and toward graduation, you will be thinking about what you will do after commencement, be it graduate school, or starting on your career path. Provided here is some information on graduate schools and career fields that highlight opportunities that align with your Sustainability Studies Bachelors degree. You will also find links and information about "green jobs" and related opportunities and and companies who are looking for candidates with your specific qualifications.
As we all know, the national and global economic climate is tightening, challenging
students who will be applying for graduate schools and jobs. You are well positioned
to highlight your exceptional skill set that you have acquired in the Sustainability
Studies Program and have the solid foundation to enter careers that will only gain
traction and importance in the coming years as awareness for the need of sustainable
practices and addressing environmental issues grows. We wish you much success in the
next step of your journey.
-- The Sustainability Studies Program
Green Careers: The Direction of Jobs and the Economy in the Present and Future
Our society is rapidly adapting to the new realities of an interconnected world that faces environmental challenges, population growth, and dwindling non-renewable resources. New careers have emerged and others have been redefined in the context of these new challenges. Careers focusing on conservation of ecosystems and their biodiversity, working with industry on the implementation of alternative energy resources, designing and building greener communities, and developing new policies and incentives for consumers to make greener choices are just a few examples of career paths that are seeing rapid growth and expansion. Green job salaries will be competitive with those in other areas of the economy and higher in areas of greater demand.
Minimizing the use of resources while lowering cost is an important incentive for businesses, all levels of government, and individuals to innovate and operate more sustainably. To achieve this, there is a need for skilled analysts, consultants, educators, advocates, planners, and policy makers. Many of these jobs did not exist several years ago and this “green” sector of the economy is expected to continue to grow. For example, the Federal government estimates that occupations in clean energy and sustainability will grow by an impressive 52% between 2000 and 2016. By contrast, other careers are projected to see an increase of only 14% in this same time period.
Some of our recent graduates have gone on to attend the following graduate schools!
From the Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning Major:
From the Coastal Environmental Studies Major:
From the Environmental Humanities Major:
From the Ecosystems and Human Impact Major:
From the Sustainability Studies Major:
Please click on this link to read a personal true story on thinking about grad school, work, and career.