Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Careers Paths and Salaries

National and international attention on energy, water, climate, and the environment has grown sharply during recent years and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. This has spurred employment demand in:

  • Industry
    • Mining companies
    • Oil, gas, coal, and other energy providers
    • Engineering and environmental consulting firms
  • Governmental agencies
    • National and state geologic surveys
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • National, state, and local parks services
    • Soil and water resource agencies
    • Federal and state EPA offices
    • National, state, and local public health offices
  • Education (high school and higher education)
  • Environmental consulting
    • Water and soil sampling, testing, and remediation
  • Water resources
    • Water movement study
    • Rocks and unconsolidated sediment
    • Water availability increase study
    • Pollutants study
  • Natural gas resources
    • Drilling rigs operation
    • Geophysical prospecting
    • Environmental permitting
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Water transport
    • Wastewater management
    • Worker safety

Median Starting Salaries for an Environmental Scientist

Job Title Median Starting Salary
Environmental Scientist $67,460
Physical Scientist $76,140

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)