Careers in Environment, Sustainability and Policy

ESP majors can expect to be prepared for advanced study or for a variety of careers in non-governmental organizations, government, or the private sector.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, employment for this field is projected to grow 11 percent, from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations. Projected job growth for environmental policy and planning is also well above the national average. For jobs related to sustainability, a 2012 report found that approximately 75% of business establishments reported the use of at least one green technology or practice and nearly 900,000 jobs with at least 50% of time devoted to green technologies and practices in 2011.

All of this is very good news for ESP majors, whose skills will be in high demand upon graduation. Career paths for ESP majors could include:

  • Arts
  • Business intelligence analysis
  • Consulting
  • Corporate social responsibility/sustainability professionals
  • Environmental and sustainability journalists
  • Environmental economist
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental justice advocacy
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental non-profit organization
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental scientists
  • Food and agriculture
  • General Business
  • Government
  • Green building professionals
  • Green economy and climate change experts
  • International agencies
  • Media and marketing
  • Natural resource management
  • Natural sciences managers
  • Parks and recreation management
  • Public policy
  • State, federal, and international research foundations
  • Sustainability consulting and management
  • Sustainable agriculture specialists
  • Urban planning