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Potential Career Paths

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

A list of potential job opportunities for alumni with a degree in Community, Environment, and Development.

Potential graduate programs, schools, and certificate programs for CED graduates.

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 can pursue jobs as development consultants, with local and regional planning associations, or with AmeriCorps, as examples. The CED-CED Option helps prepare students for this market. Students selecting this option may also want to pursue postbaccalaureate training, e.g., studies in development sociology or city or regional planning.

Environmental Economics and Policy Option Career Prospects

Students selecting the CED-EEP option may pursue jobs preparing them for employment in U.S. and international agencies, consulting firms, and U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). 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 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 may pursue jobs with the Peace Corps, with international and country nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with government agencies or consulting firms, or attend graduate school or a professional school (law school, or international professional degrees such as program such as Penn State’s School of International Affairs).