Undergraduate Major Details

Environmental Science and Management

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Environmental Science and Management major is in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Californians Against Waste Foundation
Campus Center for the Environment
City of Davis
International House, Davis
Mathematics And Science Teaching Program
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital
UC Davis Arboretum
UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Anthropology
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
UC Davis Dining Services - Sustainability and Nutrition Office
UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis Self and Social Identity Lab
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UCDMC Operating Room
US Department of Energy
Waste Reduction & Recycling

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 71 30 42.3%
2013-14 81 27 33.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 37.9% 37.9% 10.3% 13.8%
2013-14 50.0% 30.8% 11.5% 7.7%
2014-15 63.6% 22.7% 13.6% 0.0%
2015-16 43.8% 22.9% 16.7% 16.7%
2016-17 40.0% 20.0% 40.0% 0.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Staff Scientist
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
California Energy Commission Energy Analyst
Caltrans Environmental Planner
Cramer Fish Sciences Lab/Field Technician
Dyett and Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners Environmental Analyst
ECORP Consulting, Inc CEQA Intern
ESA Account Associate
First Carbon Solutions Michael Brandman Associates Environmental Analyst
Geotech Environmental Equipment Data Analyst
Monogram Biosciences Lab Technician
Ocean Associates Inc Biological Technician
Raley's Data Steward
Rocknasium Shift Supervisor
Sacramento County Planning Technician
State of California Scientific Aid
State Water Resources Control Board Scientific Aid
Trout Unlimited Habitat Survey Intern
United States Department of the Interior Biologist
United States Dept of Agriculture Field Technician
United States Dept of Agriculture Research Specialist
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Law Enforcement Officer
University Enterprises Incorporated GIS Assisstant
University of California, Davis Atmospheric Chemist
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $44,428 $28,000
2013-14 $37,000 $43,000
2014-15 $33,444 $28,000
2015-17 $46,000 $43,000