What can I do with a major in Environmental Economics and Management?
UGA Specific Information for Environmental Economics and Management
The Environmental Economics and Management major prepares students for public and private positions in natural and environmental resource analysis and management. EEM majors are trained to understand and appreciate the economic & non-economic aspects of resource and environmental problems, including social, ecologic, physical, and legal considerations. EEM majors can serve effectively as members of interdisciplinary teams involved in resource and environmental management, planning, and analysis. An EEM major is designed for individuals who desire to "make a difference" when it comes to wise, efficient, and productive management of public and private natural and environmental resources. The linkages between economic activity and natural and environmental resources will be a major local, national, and global issue of concern in the coming decades. Natural resource and environmental problems create a demand for individuals who can offer alternative solutions to these problems.
** Includes Self-Employed
- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Clubs and Organizations
- Alpha Gamma Rho (Men pursuing careers in agriculture)
- Agricultural & Environmental Economics
- Collegiate 4-H
- Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
- Sigma Alpha (Women pursuing careers in agriculture)
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
Five Top Career Opportunities in Environmental Economics
1. Environmental consulting has become a lucrative field and today some of the larger firms are hiring environmental economists. In some cases the role of the economist is to make the business case for development features that have an adverse environmental impact, but despite the expectations from management that doesn’t mean that an env/econ professional can’t have an impact on the planning outcome and on project mitigation.
2. Project Management opportunities arise for environmental economists with some of the massive bureaucracies that have been built up by the World Bank and its subsidiaries. Working with one of the teams in the field could be an interesting opportunity for someone with a degree in the field who is willing to travel.
3. Resources Policy Advocacy opportunities develop in far off corners of the non-profit world occasionally. Once again it’s a matter of running them down. Many of these positions are bases on environmental science, but the battles involved are economic in nature.
4. Agricultural Economics is one area where there’s been a fair amount of activity in the U.S. regarding sustainable practices. Finding common ground with agribusiness and the USDA over sustainability standards seems to be an ongoing battle but one in which economists can play an important role if sustainable agricultural practices become legislative issues. USDA research on the cost of food safety continues to play a role in the debate over food production, crop fertilization and water rights.
5. Resources Management can be an important regulatory function at the state level in places like California where water rights has been an issue for one hundred thirty years or more. Agencies that manage water rights in the West have been faced with legislative and legal actions over the perennial battle between economic and environmental concerns. Some of those agencies have sophisticated staff structures that employ environmental economists along with the usual battery of lobbyists, planners, and accountants.
*Taken from Environmental Economics Blog
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Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Georgia Career Information Center (accessible only on campus computers)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
- American Agricultural Economics Association
- Agriculture Online
- Agriculture Future of America
- Georgia Agribusiness Council
- International Food and Agribusiness Management Association
- National Agri-Marketing Association
- National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
- National Future Farmers of America
- PMA Foundation for Industry Talent
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Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Environmental Economics and Management Majors for the Class of 2017*
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