Careers in ESS
ESS students go on to graduate school programs and careers as research scientists in academic, public, or private institutions. Students are prepared to enter the workforce directly as scientists in a diverse array of fields including:
- environmental policy and planning
- environmental consulting
- air quality monitoring and assessment
- laboratory analysis
- scientific research
- science education
- natural resource management
- wildlife management
- conservation and environmental protection
- water resource management
The department now offers a Careers in Earth System Science course (ESS 192) where representatives from various businesses and agencies related to the major come and speak with our students on a weekly basis. This is a wonderful opportunity for ESS majors to gain a better understanding of what types of jobs are available to them after graduation.
Ever thought about becoming a science or math teacher? If so, check out the UC Irvine Cal Teach Program. This program is a great way for you to explore whether or not you might enjoy teaching as a career.
Interested in graduate school? Talk to your professors about the right place for you.
ESS 192: Careers in Earth System Science
The department now offers a special undergraduate class geared directly toward career guidance! ESS 192 - Careers in Earth System Science is a one-unit class taught once a year. The class is made up of a series of weekly presentations by business and government leaders in environmental fields, describing the goals of their organization and typical career trajectories for entry-level science majors within their organization. The class makes students aware of the diversity of career opportunities available. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor; limited to majors in Earth and Environmental Sciences or minors in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
In previous offerings, the speaker series included representatives from Laguna Beach Water Quality Department, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, 4D Geoscience, Justice & Associates, Aquarium of the Pacific, GeoTrans, Air Resources Board, Veola ES Technical Solutions LLC, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Parametrix.
Some helpful links about careers in Earth System Science
- Careers in the Geosciences (from the American Geosciences Institute)
- Occupational Outlook for Environmental Scientists
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research(UCAR)
- California Air Resources Board
- California Environmental Protection Agency
- Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project
- American Geophysical Union (AGU) Career Center and Graduate School Information
- AAAS Career Center for Undergraduates
- Ecological Society of America (ESA) Employment Opportunities
- ESA Ecology Careers FAQs