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Environmental Science and Ecology

Do you consider yourself environmentally conscious? Are you someone who goes out of their way to make sure the bottle lands in the blue bin, looks for greener methods to do things, or is interested in the plants and animals around us? If you are passionate about preserving the planet and would like to find better ways to do it, then you may be interested in studying environmental science.

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UTSA’s Environmental Science and Ecology Program

If you choose to earn an Environmental Science and Ecology degree from UTSA, your area of study will be conservation and restoration ecology, environmental management, natural resources and wildlife management or aquatic sciences. You will gain hands-on experience analyzing problems in the environment while you engage in field studies, excursions and laboratory work. Once you graduate and become an environmental scientist, you’ll work to clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, work to help save endangered species of plants and animals, and help various industries work to reduce waste—all to help make the Earth a better place.

Careers in Environmental Science and Ecology

Top job titles for Environmental Science and Ecology graduates include:

• Environmental Scientist
• Project Manager
• Researcher
• Environmental Compliance Specialist
• Biologist

Environmental Science and Ecology and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Environmental Science and Ecology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Environmental Science and Ecology Graduates

Environmental Science and Ecology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Environmental Science and Ecology-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Engineering Services
• Utility Construction
• Government
• Scientific Consulting Services
• Higher Education
• Waste Treatment
• Electrical Distribution

Salaries for Environmental Science and Ecology Graduates

The salary range for open Environmental Science and Ecology -related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $42,626
median $59,018
top 10% $91,083

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Environmental Science and Ecology Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Environmental Science and Ecology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Environmental Science and Ecology may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good planner
• You enjoy learning