Sustainable Systems Management
About the Major
A Sustainable Systems Management major (previously "Bioproducts Marketing and Management"), prepares you for a career in marketing or manufacturing products made from plant material. Students in the major also learn about materials and construction methods used to design housing that is energy efficient, healthy, and affordable. Read more about the major. Visit the SSM Website.
Common Entry Level Job Titles
- Forest Product Sales Representative
- Residential Construction Supervisor
- Forest Product Engineer
- Marketing Specialist
- Operations Analyst
- Recycling Industry Manager
- Waste Management Specialist
- Paper Chemist
Types of Employers
- Architectural firms
- Biotechnology laboratories
- Chemical engineering firms
- Environmental products companies
- Food manufacturers
- Government agencies
- Paper and related products companies
- Recycling and waste management companies
- Universities and colleges
- Wood products manufacturers
Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts
In addition to finding current job and internship openings, use GoldPASS to search info and contacts for students' previously completed internships related to this major (to get ideas and contact information- not to get a list of openings). Select "Job Search"> "Internship Agreement Database."
Salary and Employment Statistics
Top Career Resources
Corporate Sustainability & Sustainable Products Business Management
US job postings and directories for relevant contacts. Includes links and information on Forestry and Forest Products in America.
- Pulp & Paper.net
Industry portal provides listings for jobs at mills or dealing with equipment manufacturing.
- Biomass Energy Research Association
An association of biofuels researchers, companies, and advocates that promotes education and research on renewable biomass energy and waste-to-energy systems.
- Institute of Packaging Professionals
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is the authoritative organization serving the educational needs of the packaging community, where individuals can enhance their career experience through mutual interaction.
- Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA)
Training, education, networking and information for those in the paper industry.
Building Science and Technology & Energy Systems
- Energy and Environmental Building Association
This web site includes resources, conference information, and job information.
- Affordable Comfort, Inc.
Events and resources for those aiming to advance the performance of residential buildings.
- National Association of Home Builders
Publications, news, educational information and meetings for those in the home building field.
- US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Related links and information on energy efficiency including biomass, building technologies, and other related topics.
- The Green Building Initiative
Mission to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction.