Sustainability Studies

Resources, Strengths, Career Paths, Skills

It’s no secret that “green” jobs are in some of the fastest growing fields in the 21st century economy. Government and corporate funding for retrofitting buildings, reconfiguring mass transit and restoring wildlife preserves reaches new highs every year. Many organizations have begun reforming operations and opening departments to develop environmentally friendly products and green business practices. Sustainability Studies majors are in a unique position to take advantage of the many new job opportunities every year in industries which, according to the Federal Government, are expected to grow 52% between 2000 and 2016.

Transferable Skills: Students of Sustainability Studies complete their education with a unique blend of scientific skills and an understanding of the societal impact of the use of natural resources. Sustainability Studies majors also develop the following skills:

  • Understanding of demography and statistics
  • Conducting research and presenting findings
  • Organizing and maintaining accurate records
  • Solving problems and making detailed observations
  • Thinking critically and analytically
  • Public speaking
  • Technical writing

Career Paths: The major in Sustainability Studies provides students with an optimal platform for entering a wide variety of fields. Here are some careers a Sustainability Studies major may pursue:

  • Environmental advocacy/lobbying
  • Research and development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic development
  • Green Business management
  • Not-for-Profit work
  • Law and the environment
  • Education
  • Resource management
  • Food and hospitality industry
  • Eco-tourism and travel

Resources & Professional Associations: There are many excellent professional organizations and other resources from which a student of Sustainability Studies will benefit. Below are some websites to help you start your research:

Consider joining on-campus clubs related to environmental conservation and advocacy. On-campus student organizations are a great way to meet people with similar interests who may be able to connect you with professionals in your intended field. Visit the Stony Brook University Student Activities site for more information.

Sample Job Titles: The following are some of the job titles that graduates of the Sustainability Studies program at Stony Brook could expect to secure.

  • Project environmental scientist
  • Researcher for major universities or companies
  • Eco-tourism professional
  • Public health and policy administrator
  • Governmental administrator or planner at the federal, state or local level
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical Information Systems specialist

Note: Some of these jobs may require an advanced degree.

Additional Information: For more information on Stony Brook’s Sustainability Studies major, visit their website at: