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Top 5 Jobs for an Environmental Policy and Management Degree

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Choosing a career in environmental policy and management allows you to protect the world we inhabit. This field of study prepares our students to choose from a wide range of jobs in different sectors, from government positions to big business. No matter where you live, protecting the environment is a fundamental goal for the community. 

As an environmental policy and management degree student, you’ll learn how to effectively manage both the people who work in this field and the many facets of information involved in these careers. Creating different policies that work for both the environment and the client can be challenging yet satisfying.

Keep reading to learn more about the top 5 jobs for an environmental policy and management degree. 

Sustainability Manager

There is always room for improvement when it comes to finding waste within a company. A sustainability manager seeks out and finds both small and large areas where a company could better protect the environment. They often make green policies to ensure that the company is working towards reaching its environmental goals each year. Sustainability managers also work with a team of sustainability specialists if they are large enough with multiple locations.

Environmental Health and Safety Manager

For those graduates who want to work in the business sector, becoming an environmental health and safety manager is a great option. These professionals help a company prevent ecological risks in their area and keep them from coming to fruition. In this position, you will create policies and systems to keep the company safe from harming the environment. This role includes establishing standards and training those within the company to adhere to specific protocols and processes. 

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Environmental Lobbyist

Everglades graduates who enjoy communicating and defending themselves could have a bright future in a career as an environmental lobbyist. This position works for special interest groups on a state and national level to persuade politicians to pass laws that protect the environment. With an environmental policy and management degree, you’ll be able to directly speak to the many issues that face our environment today. This position is often in the spotlight and is an excellent fit for those students who enjoy working with people and speaking out.

Environmental Policy Analyst

Many businesses, both large and small, require an environmental policy analyst to solve a problem. These professionals research the current policies and laws in regards to the environment. They often speak to crucial public policy when planning a new building or structure for a particular area. Environmental policy analysts foresee issues that may arise during the building process and help recommend ways to do the project while also protecting the local environment.

Environmental Remediator

For those graduates who enjoy cleaning up a problem, becoming an environmental remediator may be the right fit for you. This job involves coming into a situation after the damage to clean up. Environmental remediators often remove contaminants from a pollution site and work with a team to clean up and protect the nearby ecosystem. They also help prevent further damage by offering insight into different ways to clean up and protect the environment moving forward.

Environmental Policy and Management Course of Study

Everglades University offers a degree program in this field that introduces students to this degree’s many facets. Not only will you learn about protecting the environment, but you’ll also learn how to communicate better and manage those around you.

General Education Courses

Everglades University requires students to take these 30 hours of general education courses to introduce them to higher-level learning and thinking.

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Speech
  • American Literature
  • College Algebra or College Math
  • Statistics
  • Political Science
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Introduction to Psychology

Lower Division Requirements

These 18 credit hours prepare students in this field of study as a foundation for upper-division classes.

  • Principles of Management
  • Accounting Principles I
  • Accounting Principles II
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Negotiation Communications
  • Introduction to Environmental Policy

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students can choose from these 21 credit hours or their interdisciplinary studies as approved by the Dean.

  • Introduction to Environmental Change
  • Principles of Business
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Management
  • Organization and Technology of Information Systems
  • Principles of Supervision 
  • Introduction to Marketing

Upper Division Required Courses

These 54 credit hours of classes are the bulk of this degree option to prepare students for a successful environmental policy and management career.

  • Communication and Environmental Justice
  • Business Excellence through Engineering Reasoning
  • Writing for Managers
  • Critical Thinking in Business
  • Marketing Management
  • The Science of Persuasion and Negotiation
  • Operations Management
  • International Business 
  • Energy and Environment
  • Energy Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Justice and Sustainability
  • U.S. Environmental Policy and Management
  • Coastal Environmental Management
  • Environmental Technology and Management
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Environmental Change and Natural Resource
  • Environmental Policy and Management Capstone

Why Choose Everglades University?

There are many benefits to earning your degree at Everglades University. We gear our programs towards adults who want to learn in either an in-person or online environment. Our students come from diverse backgrounds in multiple stages of life. You’ll find that we offer competitive classwork and opportunities for all of our students to access their education on their terms. 

Learn more about earning our Environmental Policy and Management Degree at Everglades University today! Your career in protecting the environment is an excellent way to reach both your personal and professional goals.