Explore SLU's Environment and Sustainability Fields
Changing the world starts with observing it. Fields focused on the environment and sustainability can blend your passion for natural elements, geography or social issues with a love of statistics and analysis for a hands-on career that makes a difference for generations to come.
SLU faculty studying the environment and sustainability discuss the importance of community impact in their research.
Participate in NASA's weather research on solar eclipses. Forecast major storms. Take week-long field trips across the country visiting environmentally important sites to labs. At SLU, studying the environment and sustainability at SLU is an immersive — and often exhilarating — experience.
Graduate Ready for Your Career in the Environment or Sustainability
With some of the most established and well-connected departments of their kind (SLU's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences was the first geophysics department in the western hemisphere), SLU's expert faculty in the areas of environment and sustainability are dedicated to offering you research opportunities and helping you make invaluable connections. Get hands-on experience in our labs or in the private or public sector through internships locally or across the nation.
Here, it’s all about the community, and that’s kind of reinforced my personal views on what we do in our industry and why we do it.— Bobby Stilwell, Class of '18
It's not just our faculty who are well connected. At SLU, you have a network of alumni working in the fields — and at the employers — that interest you most. SLU has nearly 130,000 alumni worldwide, working in sustainability and environmental fields across the globe at employers including:
- Ameren Corporation
- American Red Cross
- Bunge North America
- Geotechnology Inc.
- International Fund for Agricultural Development
- National Parks Service
- National Weather Service
Environment and Sustainability Careers by the Numbers
rate of growth in geospatial information and technology annually+
median annual wage for geoscientists in May 2018*
positions in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alone*
job growth expected for atmospheric scientists by 2026 (higher than average)