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Careers and Links of Interest

Despite a relatively tight job market, a degree in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences (DEEGS) at North Carolina Central University has a diversified set of job prospects, ranging from urban planners and environmental scientists to geophysics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers offered through the DEEGS such as environmental scientists, environmental engineers, environmental technicians (biological or chemical), urban planners, geographers / mapping technicians (including GIS Specialists), atmospheric scientists, hydrologists, petroleum engineers and geoscientists have excellent outlooks and experience "faster than average" average growth. Allied fields such as archaeologists, surveyors, sociologists, historians, business analysts and epidem?iologists may require technical skills such as GIS offered through the DEEGS program.

A degree from the DEEGS at NCCU will not only provide students with the skills for employment in the workforce after NCCU, but the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at the Master's or Ph.D. level

Recent DEEGS graduates are employed by the City of Durham, local environmental firms, as well national organizations such as the CIA. Other recent NCCU DEEGS grads are pursing graduate studies at NC State University, Oregon State University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.

Geography and GIS

Many contemporary issues in today's every-changing world have geographic aspects. The potential for practicing geography in private enterprise and government has grown considerably in recent years with the increasing need for technical skills such as GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing and statistical analysis. Examples of careers include: Environmental Geography, Land Planning, Geospatial Technologies, Economic Geography, Health Geography, and many more.

Examples of Careers as Environmental Science Majors

Air Pollution Analyst, Air Quality Inspector, Geochemist, Occupational Safety Specialist, Organic Farmer, Paleontologist, Aquatic Environmental Scientist, Geologist, Park Ranger, Aquatic Toxicologist, Geophysicist, Pollution Prevention Specialist, Radioactive Waste Engineer, Recycling Coordinator, Conservation Systems Analyst, Hazardous Waste Specialist, Seismologist, Energy Efficiency Consultant, among others. With a more advance degrees such as Master's of Ph.D., the career options can be further specialized.

Examples of Careers as Environmental Health Majors

Environmental Health Specialist, Toxicologist, Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Auditor, Hazardous Waste Manager, Public Health Specialist, Environmental Enforcement Officer, Environmental Protection Specialist, Health and Safety Officer, Environmental Education Specialist, Environmental Risk Assessor, Ecological Risk Assessor, Bioremediation Specialist, Water Treatment Manager, Wastewater Treatment Manager, Science Teacher, Chemistry Teacher, Biology Teacher, and Pharmaceutical Sales among others. With a more advance degree, the career options can be expanded into various pathways including biomedical sciences and engineering.

Job Resources in DEEGS

Jobs in Geography

USA Jobs (Federal Jobs Clearinghouse)

GIS Jobs Clearinghouse


Jobs in Geography
(from the AAG)

My GIS Jobs

Employment at the EPA

Earth Works Job Listings

National Park Service Jobs

NC Dept. of Environmental Quality

NC Environmental Education Jobs and Internships

Department of Interior Job Listings

Environmental Jobs and Careers

Eco Jobs

Employment at the USGS

Sources: University of Texas, University of Colorado

GIS Data Resources

  • ArcGIS.com - Online mapping tool that allows you to save and share maps that you are creating
  • ArcReader - Free, easy-to-use mapping application that allows users to view, explore, and print maps
  • CrimeStat - Free software package that complements statistical/centrality metrics from ArcGIS 9.x statistical software package
  • Google Earth - Google Earth Software that you can download onto your own compute
  • ArcGIS Explorer - Free ArcGIS Explorer. It looks and feels like Google Earth, but you can add own data and do basic analysis
  • ESRI Support Page - Answers any question revolving around ERSI software or GIS techniques
  • ESRI Developer Network - Extent the capabilities of Desktop ArcGIS with simple tools or make your own using snippets of code

Nationwide Data Resources

DLG Data - Digital vector data derived from USGS maps and related sources. Based on the line, polygon and point work for 1:24,000 USGS quadrangles. Availability changes from quadrangle to quadrangle. DLG data are stored in SDTS (Spatial Data Transfer System). The goal of SDTS is to serve as a happy medium for storing and expressing data between dissimilar computer systems. Refer to the SDTS Web site for converting between SDTS native format and your specific GIS format.

North Carolina GIS Resources

Environmental GIS Data

  • Environmental Protection Agency - EPA -related data available in a variety of different formats, including KML (the one used for Google Earth)
  • EPA GIS Data - Environmental Protection Agency Data. Provides links to various files

Climate Data

Regional Data Sets

  • Bay Area - GIS Data provided by Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Great Basin - Data from Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming
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