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What Can I Do With A Major In Coastal Environmental Science?

The Coastal Environmental Science degree program at Flagler College provides students with a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic foundation in the chemical, physical, geological, and biological aspects of environmental science. The proximity of Flagler College to the surrounding natural coastal and marine environment and provides us with outdoor classrooms or “living laboratories” and makes Flagler College an ideal location for undergratluate coastal research. Through their participation in this research, students will develop practical, applicable skills and problem-solving techniques.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Aqua Culturist
Aquarium Curator
Biologist
Coastal Scientist
Community Relations Manager
Conservation Scientist
Ecologist
Environmental Affairs Manager
Environmental Disease Analyst
Environmental Educator
Environmental Impact Analyst
Environmental Lawyer
Environmental Planner
Environmental Protection Specialist
Environmental Science and Protection Tech
Forester
Fundraiser
Geographer
Grass Roots Coordinator
Hydrologist
Lobbyist
Marine Biologist
Natural Resources Manager
Naturalist
Oceanographer
Park Naturalist
Photojournalist
Professor
Public Health Educator
Public Health Inspector
Publisher
Research Assistant
Science Librarian
Soil Conservation Technician
Soil Scientist
Technical Writer
Urban and Regional Planner
Water Quality Specialist
Wildlife Biologist
Zoologist

Types of Employers

Private & Non-Profit Organizations

Aquariums
Chemical Manufacturers
Environmental Advocacy Groups
Environmental Consulting Firms
Environmental Education Centers
Environmental Public Relations Firms
Environmental Research Organizations
Food Manufacturers
Insurance Industry
Pharmaceutical Industry
Scientific Journals
Testing Labs
Travel/Tourism (Ecotourism Companies)
Zoos

Government Agencies

Bureau of Land Management
Department of Commerce
Department of Environmental Protection
Food and Drug Administration
Forest Service
National Science Foundation
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Peace Corps
Public Health Service
Soil Conservation Service
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Transferrable Skills

Weighs out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action

Pays attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made

Uses mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems

Understands complex written paragraphs, instructions or reports

Composes and communicates ideas in written form

Uses scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments

Understands the reactions of others and why they react the way they do

Uses logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

Allocates and budgets time for different tasks so things get done when needed

Analyzes the symptoms of a problem and decides what actions should be taken to resolve the problem

Makes appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done

Experiential Education

Conducting research for community agencies

Serving on mission trips to foreign countries

Becoming a research assistant for a local agency

Conducting field experiments

Volunteering with Keepers of the Coast

Working for an environmental lobbying organization

Professional Associations

National Association of Environmental Professionals,
naep.org

National Recreation and Park Association,
nrpa.org

National Science Foundation,
nsf.gov

Soil Science Society of America,
soils.org

The Nature Conservancy,
nature.org

United States Environmental Protection Agency,
epa.gov

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: Ashland University, Rutgers University