Careers & Alumni

Environmental scientists are tasked with solving some of the most critically important issues facing the world, and the MS in Environmental Science from American University is your entry point to this rewarding career. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median annual salary over $76,000 for Environmental Scientists nationwide (as of 2021) with expected annual job growth of 5% nationally. Washington, DC, offers the nation's highest median salary, $123,000, and nearly double the national job concentration.

Where are they now?

Recent graduates of the Environmental Science MS program have gone on to positions with

  • Biophysical Society: Programs Coordinator
  • DeepBlue Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: Biological Scientist
  • Girls Who Code: Club Success Specialist
  • Indonesia: Fulbright Scholar
  • Integrated Systems Solutions: Management Analyst III
  • Kapur & Associates: Environmental Scientist
  • Las Vegas Water District: Analytical Chemist
  • McDonoungh Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC: Environmental Scientist
  • National Science Foundation: Program Analyst
  • NOAA: Fishery Observer (finalist)
  • NOAA: GIS Technician
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Oceana: Climate & Energy Intern
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
  • Solv LLC: Environmental Scientist
  • Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council
  • US EPA: Data Analyst
  • Washington College
  • Washington DC Dept. of Transportation: Urban Forester
  • Waterford Inc.
  • Wildlife Habitat Council: Conservation Planning Manager
  • World Bank: Korean American Scholarship Fund, International Affairs Consultant


Recent graduates have also gone on to attend

  • American University
  • Bastyr University
  • Boston University
  • Catholic University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia State University
  • Howard University
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Rutgers University
  • Seattle University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Tufts University
  • UC Riverside
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore

Read more career information about AU's environmental science alumni.