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What is this career?

The major prepares students for careers in the public and private sectors that address environmental and natural resource management, business, or public policy. Such professionals play an important role in coordinating interdisciplinary teams to help solve complex environmental problems.

Students in our program learn skills necessary to work for organizations to ensure that essential natural amenities such as clean air, tropical rain forests and biodiversity are given due consideration in decisions. These considerations ultimately determine whether firms will adopt green practices or technologies; whether new regulations will achieve stated goals for economic growth and environmental outcomes; whether new market-based management (such as cap-and-trade initiatives) will be effective; or whether unintended consequences may arise from the economic system and environmental policies. Often, these analyses must take into account competing interests, such as how offshore wind farms affect fishermen, boaters, marine transportation, seafood consumers, coastal residents, and traditional electricity suppliers.

Jobs in Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations

There is a significant number of environmental, natural resource and agricultural economists hired by highly dynamic environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) dedicated to promoting a green world by supporting climate change prevention, wildlife and land preservation, pollution mitigation and many other green practices. Among these organizations, Environmental Defense Fund, Resources for the Future, World Wildlife Fund and Nature Conservancy are some of the most well-known. Environmental economics oriented positions in these types of NGOs frequently involve researching various environmental topics including policies, and writing papers, reports, and articles. Also, employees may commonly assist in the development and preparation of environmental projects. The Environmental and Natural resource Economics major can qualify you for a many careers in the environmental non-governmental organizations, both nationally and internationally including, but not limited to:

  • Research Analyst
  • Associate
  • Program Director
  • Project Manager
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Energy Policy Analyst
  • Economic Policy Project Director

Careers in these NGOs vary greatly in terms of responsibilities, qualifications, salaries and advancement potential. Salary ranges can be very broad based upon the type of position, responsibilities, personal and professional skills and experience, employer, location, negotiation and many other factors. Among other opportunities, performance and further training/education, either through graduate school or specialized certifications, are ways of to advance environmental NGOs. While hired by an NGO, employees commonly serve as liaisons between the organization and federal or state government and private companies or other NGOs. This may present the opportunity of developing a network of contacts that may help in obtaining a more challenging, better paid and positioned job within collaborating organizations or agencies.