To date, we’ve asked 105 current and past environmental science students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

Different majors will offer different opportunities.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a environmental science degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a environmental science degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are environmental science students compared to other degrees?

Overall, environmental science students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, environmental science students rate their happiness similarly to students in Social Work, Visual and Performing Arts and Mathematics.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to environmental science

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Clinical, Counseling, and Applied Psychology$49,669
Healthcare Management$58,719
Mathematics$80,193
Environmental Science$51,620
Social Work$41,466
Visual and Performing Arts$53,797
Zoology$60,155
Political Science$73,817

Let's break that down further.

Are environmental science students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.1 out of 5 stars
109 ratings
5 stars
32%
4 stars
45%
3 stars
14%
2 stars
4%
1 stars
2%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
116 ratings
5 stars
28%
4 stars
34%
3 stars
24%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
3%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in environmental science experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did environmental science graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what environmental science grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.0 out of 5 stars
111 ratings
5 stars
5%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
32%
2 stars
20%
1 stars
10%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were environmental science students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
105 ratings
5 stars
20%
4 stars
20%
3 stars
36%
2 stars
13%
1 stars
6%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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