Career opportunities in the field of environmental studies have grown, thanks to public concern about protecting the environment and environmentally conscious politicians. This environmental awareness has increased opportunities in specialties such as pollution prevention, resource conservation and environmental restoration, environmental stewardship, and newly emerging fields such as energy management, facilities management, and biodiversity preservation. Individuals studying for these fields are trained to provide both public and private environmental services in a variety of settings: private business, consulting services, and government agencies. 

Employment Outlook

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for environmental science and protection technicians to increase by over 11% and environmental engineering technicians to increase by 10%. For more detailed information about positions in the environmental protection and conservation fields, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below:

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians (SOC 19-4091)
  • Environmental Engineering Technicians (SOC 17-3025)
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians (SOC 19-4093)
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers (SOC 47-2231)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success
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Most positions in environmental studies balance an understanding of policy and practice. Duties may require on-site inspections and investigations, so employees need to be able to carefully observe and understand environmental conditions, ecological systems and processes; to apply logic to solve problems; and to have the ability to create reports that illustrate their findings. Workers in environmental studies should also be prepared to provide educational and consultation services in their field. This may involve speaking to groups of business professionals or raising community awareness about environmental health issues through education.

General Info About the Program

De Anza College's Environmental Studies program integrates physical, biological, human, socioeconomic and political principles. This creates a scientific foundation, an understanding of social and economic concepts, and an awareness of the behaviors that protect or damage the earth and its plant and animal resources. Highly qualified faculty and experienced students make this a rich learning opportunity.

Environmental Studies Certificate and Degree Programs

Certificates of Achievement

Certificates of Achievement-Advanced

Associate Degrees (A.A./A.S.)

For more information contact the Environmental Studies Department:
Biological, Health, and Environmental Sciences Division
De Anza's Kirsch Center
(408) 864-8628 or 8655

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