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Potential Career Paths

Potential career paths for students majoring in Community, Environment, and Development.

CED alumni work in a wide variety of different areas, such as corporate social responsibility, economic development, government, community associations or non-profits, environment/sustainability, and local foods, all with a common focus on the community level. This diversity reflects the flexible nature of the multi-disciplinary major, in which students use their four course specialization to tailor the major's core skills and knowledge towards their own subject matter interests. This page lists jobs currently held by many of our alumni

Many CED graduates have gone on to graduate school.

Graduates of the Community, Environment, and Development major are prepared for a wide variety of jobs in both public and private organizations that address issues of community, environment, and development. Students may also choose graduate school or law school upon completion of this major.

Community and Economic Development Option Career Prospects

Students selecting this option often pursue jobs as economic developers, local planner or GIS technician, or community development work with non-profit organizations or local government. The CED-CED Option helps prepare students for this market. Students selecting this option sometimes pursue postbaccalaureate training after graduation, such as city or regional planning, law school, sustainability, sociology, or economics.

Environmental Economics and Policy Option Career Prospects

Students selecting the CED-EEP option often pursue jobs in U.S. and international agencies, consulting firms, U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or doing Corporate Social Responsibility work in the business sector. Students in this option are often interested in continuing on to graduate school or studying environmental law.

Students pursuing Environmental Economics and Policy may be particularly interested in building a specialization in a science or business field, perhaps even earning a minor, engaging in a CED international study experience with an environmental focus, and/or conducting undergraduate research with internationally recognized CED faculty. Students may also want to take higher-level economics courses to fulfill their CED specialization.

International Development Option Career Prospects

Students selecting this option often pursue jobs with international and country nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or with government agencies or consulting firms. Some begin their professional careers serving in the Peace Corps. Many attend graduate school or a professional school (law school, or international professional degrees such as Penn State’s School of International Affairs).