A degree in ESS provides a solid scientific background that could be used to pursue graduate studies in many branches of science, including systems biology, Earth sciences, oceanography, astrobiology or sustainability science, or as a background for further studies of policy or business.

 A degree in Earth System Sciences can also be directly applied for careers in:

  • Data Science
  • Consulting firms (assessing suitable sites for new industrial facilities, predicting their environmental impact, and cleaning contaminated sites)
  • Environmental assessment
  • NGOs
  • Product Life Cycle Management (studying energy and resource use and the effect of recycling or waste disposal)
  • Research Groups in re-insurance firms (evaluating risks of natural disasters)
  • Satellite observations (e.g. of GHGs)
  • Software companies (developing algorithms to assist farmers with choices of crops and soil management practices and business owners with inventory management).


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Where will a degree in ESS take you? 


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