The information herein describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the
options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a
possible career path.
Description of Environmental Resource Science
This major is intended to fill the increasing niche of careers in urban agriculture that require students to have:
1. A strong foundation in both the basic and applied sciences,
2. An understanding of the interconnectedness of the sciences, and
3. Practical work experiences in urban environmental and agricultural arenas.
Graduates from the Griffin program will gain practical knowledge and problem-solving skills that will enable them to compete for
career opportunities in government, environmental consulting firms, environmental research laboratories, and environmental
horticulture production and management positions. This degree program compliments the mission of the Griffin Campus and the
curriculum reflects the expertise and strengths of faculty that are in residence. The Griffin Campus is headquarters for the CAES
Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. The focus of Center's faculty is to bring together the science, education, and policy information
that the leaders in industries and governments need for making informed decisions on urban agricultural and environmental issues.
According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Workforce Information and Analysis Division, the demand for educated workers in
careers related to urban agriculture is expected to increase between 30-50% by 2010. Specifically, jobs for Environmental Scientists
and Specialists are expected to increase 39% by 2010. The median annual income in Georgia for Environmental Scientists and
Specialists was $45,200 in 2002. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, median annual earnings of