Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management

About the Major

An Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management major prepares you for a career in working to protect and sustain the natural resources of land, water and air. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop a specific area of environmental expertise across the environmental sciences and policy spectrum by allowing students to select a specialized track within the major. Each track has a strong focus on integrating coursework in the areas of environmental policy, management, communication, and law with the applied aspects of social, physical, and biological sciences. Read more about the major. Visit the ESPM website.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Research Assistant
  • Park Naturalist or Technician
  • Environmental Outreach Professional
  • Water Resource Technician
  • Health, Safety, and Environmental Technician
  • Wetland Soils Specialist
  • Pollution Control Specialist
  • Environmental Protection Technician
  • Assistant Restorationist
  • Environmental Educator 

Possible Jobs with Experience or an Advanced Degree

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Program Coordinator 
  • Sustainability Director
  • Hydrologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Environmental Health and Safety Director
  • Public Education/Volunteer Program Coordinator

See Alumni Job Titles by Track

Types of Employers

  • Energy/utility companies
  • Environmental advocacy groups
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • For-profit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Soil/water conservation districts
  • Waste management/recycling companies
  • Water treatment plants

Past Experience and Internship Database

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabaseDatabase is updated through Fall 2020 semester only and will be updated semesterly.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: environment, policy, science, management, restoration, resource, water, pollution, park, naturalist, educator, conservation, ethics
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management