North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
A major concern to both future majors and their parents is the potential for employment after college. Despite a relatively tight job market, a degree in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences (DEEGS) at North Carolina Central University has a diversified set of job prospects, ranging from urban planners and environmental scientists to geophysics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers offered through the DEEGS such as environmental scientists, environmental engineers, environmental technicians (biological or chemical). urban planners, geographers / mapping technicians (including GIS Specialists), atmospheric scientists, hydrologists, petroleum engineers and geoscientists have excellent outlooks and experience 'faster than average' average growth. Allied fields such as archaeologists, surveyors, sociologists, historians, business analysts and epidemiologists may require technical skills such as GIS offered through the DEEGS program. A recent CNN Money article cited one DEEGS major as having no unemployment! Another recent Wall Street Journal article highlights fields that have less than average unemployment. Career opportunities through DEEGS majors cited by the WSJ include geosciences (3.2% unemployment), ecology (5.2%), geography, (6.1%), forestry (3.1%), environmental science (5.0%), environmental engineering (2.2%), oceanography (3.3%) and physical science (2.5%). A degree from the DEEGS at NCCU will not only provide students with the skills for employment in the workforce after NCCU, but the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at the Master's or Ph.D. level. Recent DEEGS graduates are employed by the City of Durham, local environmental firms, as well national organizations such as the CIA. Other recent NCCU DEEGS grads are pursing graduate studies at NC State University, Oregon State University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.
Many contemporary issues in today’s every-changing world have geographic aspects. Who is better equipped to address these issues than geographers, who are broadly trained in relevant subject matter and technical skills? The potential for practicing geography in private enterprise and government has grown considerably in recent years with the increasing need for technical skills such as GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing and statistical analysis. Examples of careers include:
Examples of Careers as Environmental Science Majors include:
Air Pollution Analyst, Forester, Oceanographer, Air Quality Inspector, Geochemist, Occupational Safety Specialist, Animal Conservationist, Geochronologist, Organic Farmer, Geographic Information Specialist, Paleontologist, Aquatic Environmental Scientist, Geologist, Park Ranger, Aquatic Toxicologist, Geophysicist, Pollution Prevention Specialist, Cartographer, Radioactive Waste Engineer, City Planner, Recycling Coordinator, Conservation Systems Analyst, Hazardous Waste Specialist, Seismologist, Horticulturist, Soil Scientist, Earthquake Safety Specialist, Hydrogeologist, Ecologist, Hydrologist, Urban and Regional Planner, Industrial Hygienist, Wastewater Engineer, Energy Efficiency Consultant, Laboratory Analysis Specialist, Water Conservationist, Environmental Chemist, Landfill Engineer, Water Quality Controller, Environmental Educator, Watershed Planner, Environmental Journalist, Mineralogist, Wetlands Ecologist, Environmental Lawyer, Nature Preserve Manager, Wildlife Rescuer, Environmental Lobbyist, Nature Photojournalist among others. With a more advance degrees such as Master’s of Ph.D., the career options can be further specialized.
Examples of Careers as Environmental Health Majors include:
Environmental Health Specialist, Toxicologist, Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Occupational Health Specialist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Auditor, Hazardous Waste Manager, Public Health Specialist, Environmental Enforcement Officer, Environmental Protection Specialist, Health and Safety Officer, Environmental Education Specialist, Environmental Risk Assessor, Ecological Risk Assessor, Bioremediation Specialist, Water Treatment Manager, Wastewater Treatment Manager, Environmental Equipment Sales, Science Teacher, Chemistry Teacher, Biology Teacher, and Pharmaceutical Sales among others. With a more advance degree, the career options can be expanded into various pathways including biomedical sciences and engineering.
Sources: University of Texas, University of Colorado