An environmental science degree equips you with essential skills that could lead to a job in the environment sector or a range of other occupations...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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It is relatively easy to find relevant work experience opportunities since many environmental organisations need help from people willing to carry out unpaid work.
Working in a voluntary capacity in an environment-related role may often be the first step into more specialist, paid employment. Many students get involved in clubs and societies while still at university or take up volunteering roles with conservation organisations, such as The Wildlife Trusts , or become active in campaigning groups in their local area.
Volunteering gives you experience that is difficult to gain elsewhere and shows commitment. Some students attend conferences and debates on environmental concerns, subscribe to relevant magazines and journals or go travelling. All these experiences may be persuasive to an employer.
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Typical employers for environmental science graduates include:
There are many vacancy sites for environmental volunteering jobs but the following also have paid graduate jobs across a range of related areas:
Studying environmental science provides you with very specific skills according to your particular course or specialist area. You will also develop a broader set of transferable skills, including:
Some environmental science graduates embark on further study to train for a particular career path, e.g. teaching or management, while others are supported by their employer to gain directly relevant professional qualifications. Studying at postgraduate level enhances your employability by increasing your research skills, specialist knowledge and communication skills.
Postgraduate courses may be aimed at developing knowledge of a particular specialist area or entering a sector, such as environmental health, where a postgraduate qualification is an essential requirement.
Almost a fifth of recent graduates work in the UK as conservation or environment professionals and associate professionals.
Just over 17% of environmental science graduates go on to undertake further study, with approximately a further 4% combining work and study.
|Working and studying||4.2%|
|Technicians and other professionals||28.2%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||19.4%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||11.7%|
|Business, HR and financial||8.8%|
For a detailed breakdown of what environmental, physical geographical and terrestrial sciences graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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