Students who earn a BS at SAFS have a high placement rate in a range of occupations, because they graduate with a broad disciplinary knowledge and possess key skills in analytical processing, critical thinking and professional communication.

Our undergraduate program is designed to help our students become “work-ready” or competitive for U.S. and international graduate programs.

What types of organizations employ SAFS graduates?

Government agencies, ––such as state, tribal and federal–– employ our graduates in scientific research and policy development positions:

Environmental non-governmental agencies (NGOs) employ biologists as advisors, advocates and researchers to help their organizations meet their missions.

  • NGOs exist for a variety of reasons, including raising the awareness of environmental and social issues, and furthering the goals of their members or funders. They operate at the international, national, regional and local levels.
  • Biologists in NGOs might find themselves conducting research into restoration and monitoring, developing policies, or collaborating with stakeholders to meet larger goals.

Business, industry and consultancy companies employ graduates as researchers and advisors

  • Biologists in the aquaculture and fishing industries are involved in sustainable management. In aquaculture, for example, biologists study ways to improve rearing practices or explore the culture of new species while reducing their impact on the environment.
  • Skills learned during our degree program help students find positions in biotechnology. Aquatic organisms are often key subjects in research and development and are used as indicators of ecosystem health.
  • Some industries employ aquatic biologists to develop technologies relevant to research and monitoring. For example, graduates might be involved in development of radio-tracking devices, ocean observatory stations, acoustic monitoring, or specialized sampling devices.
  • Biologists also play a key role in studying the impact of human activities on the environment and help businesses comply with environmental regulations. They might advise companies on ways to reduce their environmental footprint.
  • Some students also find work in environmental consulting firms and in environmental education.

Many of our students continue to graduate school, or to professional degrees

  • Our BS degree program is designed to develop independence, rigor, flexibility, and communication skills –– the key ingredients required for success in graduate and professional degrees.
  • Many students stay in the aquatic sciences, others might study related fields in biology. Some combine their undergraduate training with education, policy, law and engineering degrees, allowing them to follow interesting multidisciplinary careers.


Career Resources

Examples of employment opportunities in the environment:

Professional Organizations

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