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Times Higher Education ranks Florida Tech in the Top 200 Universities in the World! Additionally, Florida Tech was noted for a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the citations category, making it #10 in the world for citations.

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Florida Tech AccoladeFlorida Tech is ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013 edition of "Best Colleges."

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Careers in Environmental Science

Graduates of the environmental science program traditionally get their first jobs at environmental management organizations and often move on to careers in research, policy, law and management.

Graduates with a Florida Tech environmental science degree are employed all over the world in a variety of exciting environmental science careers dedicated to making the world a better and more sustainable place. Florida Tech graduates are well positioned to compete in the labor market because of their strong background in biology, chemistry and physics.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things.

Environmental science is expected to see an increase in demand for qualified candidates of 19 percent by the end of the decade. More than 16,500 new employees are expected to engage in environmental science careers. They will use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment, identifying problems and finding solutions which minimize threats to the health and well-being of both the environment and, by extension, the Earth's population. Scientists use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to develop environmental solutions. From recycling to public health, these individuals spearhead the effort to confront the environmental challenges created by climate change and the proliferation of new technology and processes.

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Career Options

Environmental science careers include such jobs as:

  • Environmental Scientist and Specialist
  • Chemist and Materials Scientist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Epidemiologist (Requires Master's Degree)
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Educator

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level environmental science salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $39,800 with opportunity to grow to $73,600. A career in environmental engineering offers $63,400 - $106,000. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that provides accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar occupations also have attractive entry-level salaries including:

Occupational Health & Safety: $49,600 – 76,600
Microbiology: $39,700 – $76,200

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Potential Employers

  • Boeing
  • U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • NASA
  • National Science Foundation
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Companies and agencies worldwide

Graduate School

In addition to commencing environmental science careers, graduates of the environmental science program at Florida Tech are prepared to pursue advanced degrees in environmental science and related fields and have gone on to study at graduate schools such as:

  • City University of New York
  • Florida Tech
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • University of Florida

With an environmental science degree from Florida Tech, graduates are well-prepared for their career.