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Potential Careers

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences academic programs are excellent preparation for careers that require strong scientific knowledge, mastery of hands-on management and research techniques, and the ability to work effectively with the public. Our students pursue a wide variety of careers.

Just a few of the career options available to our students include:

  • Arborist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental attorney
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental ecologist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Fisheries specialist
  • Forester
  • GIS/GPS Technician
  • Health inspector
  • Hydrologic technician
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Landscape architect
  • Park Ranger
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Wildlife Manager

Career Resources

When it comes to finding a job, we have several resources available to students to ensure they are prepared for the job application process.

Campus Centers and Services

The University of Illinois Career Center offers a full range of programs, services, resources and counseling to assist all students and alumni of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, regardless of academic affiliation. The Career Center also runs the job posting platform Handshake @ Illinois, which can alert students when jobs pertaining to their field are posted.

ACES students can also take advantage of the College of ACES Career Services, which offers job search skills development as well as access to on-campus internship and full-time job interviews with companies recruiting on-campus. Career Services can also aid students applying to graduate programs.

In addition to the College of ACES Career Services, the University of Illinois also offers additional career services. You can learn about specific college offices, career readiness competencies, and how to articulate your experiences into valuable resume building content. For more information visit

Departmental Resources

Students in NRES can also have certain departmental resources available to them:

Professional Organizations

We Also recommend looking into the following professional organizations to grow your network:


Many careers in NRES-related fields have certification programs that enhance your credentials and impress employers. Many require a certain amount of post-education experience and continuing professional development. While you will not be able to attain many of these certifications with just your NRES coursework, you can choose coursework during your degree program that will provide you with the background you need to pursue certification after you have gained the necessary experience. You can find certification requirements for many professions linked below: