UGA Specific Information for Water and Soil Resources

Environmental soil scientists are in demand by governmental agencies, private industry, consulting firms and institutions. Opportunities for employment exist in various specialized programs within public agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, in such areas as land disposal of hazardous and other industrial and agricultural wastes, water pollution control, and soil conservation. The need for environmental scientists in Georgia and the nation is increasing rapidly with a proportional increase in employment, promotional, and professional opportunities for academically qualified personnel.

Business and industry: International seed and agricultural chemical companies employ environmental soil scientists as technical, research, and information specialists. Regional and local agricultural firms also employ many environmental soil scientists as land use experts, quality control specialists, and information and computer analysts. Environmental consulting firms employ environmental soil scientists to assess environmental conditions, monitor soil and water pollutants, reclaim disturbed lands, and prepare environmental policy.

Public service: Federal, state, and local agencies employ environmental soil scientists in numerous technical, information, and regulatory agencies such as the Agricultural Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, State Environmental Agencies, Public Health Service, Forest Service, Agricultural Statistics Service, Peace Corps and the Foreign Agriculture Service. Environmental soil scientists also are employed as teachers and researchers in community colleges and universities.

Self-employment: Many environmental soil scientists are self-employed as consultants for soil and plant uses, and to assess environmental conditions, monitor soil and water pollutants, reclaim disturbed lands, and prepare environmental policy.



Class of 2020 Career Outcomes for Water and Soil Resources*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Through appropriate choice of electives, students can meet the educational requirements for Certified Soil Scientist (by the Soil Science Society of America) and/or prepare for the certified hydrologist exam offered by the American Institute of Hydrologists.

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2020 Water and Soil Resources majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

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Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2020 Water and Soil Resources majors

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