Careers for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Agricultural and food science technician
  • Anthropologist and archaeologist
  • Biochemist and biophysicist
  • Chemist and material scientist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental science and protection technician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Firefighter
  • Forest and conservation worker
  • Geoscientist
  • High school teacher
  • Hydrologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Zoologist and wildlife biologist

Job outlook data

Environmental scientists and specialists held around 95,000 jobs and conservation scientists and foresters held around 37,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, while employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 7 percent.

Heightened public interest in environment hazards, as well as the increasing stress placed on the environment by population growth, will spur demand for workers who specialize in this area. The greatest growth for environmental scientists and specialists will likely be in private consulting firms that help clients monitor environmental concerns and comply with regulations, though many jobs will remain concentrated in state and local levels of government.

In addition, businesses looking to minimize their environmental waste and pollution will employ environmental scientists and specialists. These professionals will also be needed to help planners develop and construct buildings, utilities and transportation systems that protect natural resources and limit damage to the land.

Where can I work with this major?

Employers of Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology degree holders include:

  • Federal government, excluding postal service
  • Management, scientific and technical consulting services
  • State government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Engineering services
  • Social advocacy organizations

Professional associations


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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and SpecialistsConservation Scientists and Foresters

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