Career Field: Environmental Policy

Sample Employers


Think Tanks


Federal government
In addition to the environmentally-focused agencies listed here, nearly every agency has an environmental division.  Also, Congress and the Executive Office of the President have opportunities with environmental policy. eg House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Trade Associations

Membership Organizations & Additional Resources

Overview: Environmental Policy

The growth of this field stems from a desire to protect the environment and preserve natural resources in the United States and around the world. Areas where graduates interested in public policy and public administration work include policy makaing, public education, advocacy, research, conservation, green business and services, and management and planning.  

Position Title Examples:

Program Analyst:  Researches and evaluates the need for, and the effectiveness of, the agency’s policies and programs. Identify budget, personnel, and management problems; study and recommend possible solutions.  Conduct studies and analyses on small, stable programs and on existing and pending legislation.

Consultant for Environmental Consulting Firm:   Help corporations comply with environmental law, work alongside government agencies as contract specialists, and offer insight, advice, and technical expertise. Provide important link between the environmental movement and the private sector.

Environmental/Social Research Analyst for a Private or Non-Profit Organization:  Counsel investors and non-profits in socially responsible investments and companies. Review journal and newspaper articles, annual reports and reports from research institutions and government agencies to identify company issues on environment or human rights. Collect, interpret, and evaluate data to make a recommendation investing in companies.

Environmental Economist, World Bank or Other International Organizations:  Research and develop strategies to enhance environmental quality, achieve sustainable natural resource management, and maintain global ecosystems in member countries, while improving the overall health and quality of life of the local population.