Our Graduates

Graduates of the Nicholas School of the Environment make a difference every day. They are employed around the world and across all sectors. They are in business, not-for-profit organizations, consulting firms, government agencies, research institutions, think tanks, and entrepreneurial enterprises.

97% of our graudates were employed within six months.

For a summary of our 2015 graduating class, take a look at the latest Employment Profile (PDF) >

Class of 2017 Employment Snapshot data coming soon. 

EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT – CLASS OF 2015

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Salaries

Salaries vary widely depending on the type of employer, individual qualifications, previous experience, and job location. Recent MEM/MF graduates reported salaries ranging from under $40,000 to over $130,000. For December 2014 and May 2015, the median salary was $62,500.

SECTOR Median
MEM/MF
Median
Dual Degree
Academic Institution $45K N/A
Business / Industry $75K $115K
Consulting $62.5K $62.5K
Entrepreneur / Start-up $47.5K $130K+
Federal Government $52.5K $47.5K
Law / Legal $67.5K N/A
Non-profit / NGO $52.5K $77.5K
Research Institute / Think tank $42.5K N/A
State / Local Government $62.5K N/A
     
PROGRAM AREA Median
MEM/MF
Median
Dual Degree
Coastal Environmental Management (CEM) $52.5K $62.5K
Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC) $50K $62.5K
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH) $72.5K N/A
Energy and Environment (EE) $72.5K $120K
Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) $52.5K $72.5K
Global Environmental Change (GEC) $57.5K N/A
Water Resources Management (WRM) $60K N/A
     
Duke Environmental Leadership (online) $82.5K  
MEM/MBA $115K  
MEM/MF $62.5K  

10-YEAR EMPLOYMENT PROFILE

In 2013, we conducted a special alumni survey to see where our graduates had landed over a 10-year period. 96% of respondents reported having careers directly or closely related to their MEM or MF degree.