Career Opportunities – What Can I Do With This Degree?
Graduates from the program find managerial, educational, advocacy and technical positions in their fields of interest. Positions can be found in consulting firms, municipal planning departments, state and federal agencies, law firms, non-profits and more. In addition, a number of recent graduates have chosen to pursue graduate studies in diverse fields, including soil science, resource economics, social work (population policy) and animal behavior. The University of Maine has, among others, an outstanding graduate program in Ecology and Environmental Science leading both to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
The slideshow below illustrates where some of our EES grads are currently working.
The UMaine Career Center is an invaluable resource for students. Their services include career planning services; CareerLink an on-line resource for internships and jobs; a comprehensive career resource library; the Maine Mentor Program; job search services (resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, resume referrals, etc.) and more.
The Maine Mentor Program is designed to give students and alumni access to UMaine graduates in a variety of career areas. Those who participate in the program will gain firsthand information about various careers. A number of EES alumni participate in Maine Mentors, and we are actively recruiting alumni to join the program. Students are encouraged to communicate with alumni mentors by way of informational interviewing at their work sites, e-mail, telephone conferencing and/or job shadowing.
There are a number of publications to help students think about their career opportunities in this area. The following are particularly helpful:
Written by two EES Program Faculty Members: Malcolm L. Hunter Jr., David B. Lindenmayer, and Aram J.K. Calhoun. 2007. Saving the Earth As a Career: Advise on Becoming a Conservation Professional. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing.
- Environmental Careers Organization. 1999. The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.
- David J. Warner. 1992. Environmental Careers: A Practical Guide to Opportunities in the 90s. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers.
- Richard Stone. 1992. “The Greening of ‘Green Science’ Means New Jobs”.Science Volume 257 (September 18). Pp. 1730-1731.
- 2010. Careers in Focus: Environment. New York:Ferguson Publishing.
- Julie DeGalan, Bryon Middlekauff. 2002. Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors. New York: McGraw-Hill.