Economics, Sustainability and Society (B.A.)

Careers and Internships

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At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation's total employment. A 2008 report for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Mayors Climate Protection Center projected 2.5 million new green jobs in the energy sector of the U.S. economy alone by 2018 (330% more than estimated to exist at the time the report was issued).

Total projected new jobs by 2028 was 3.5 million (+466% vs. 2008) with an additional 4.2 million new jobs by 2038 (+560%). For the metropolitan areas of Ohio, the projected growth was higher than the national average, an increase of 780% in new green jobs by 2038, and the Cincinnati metro region had almost 800% projected growth.

Economic sustainability involves the integration of economic goals with environmental and social goals. As a CEO of a global company recently put it, "Sustainability is a business model that respects that nothing is free."1 This degree will allow students to holistically investigate the complex sustainability challenges of our era, where the economy is seen as a component of the ecosystem, not vice versa. Examples of potential careers are:

  • Economic consultant
  • Energy economist
  • International project manager
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Community organizer
  • Purchasing and materials manager

Click these state-specific links to learn about Green Jobs in these states: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana.


Click on any of the logos in the collage below to explore more career opportunities in sustainability and economics:

epa heading green logo Ohio environmental council Net Impact logo ICA logo
Green jobs logo sections title logo Triple american economic association logo AEA logo
Center for clean air logo Center for economic and policy research logo Earth Justice logo Econ jobs logo Environment NE logo
Brown Flynn logo Nielsen logo Macy's logo Environmental all aw center logo ICV logo
League of Conversation Voters logo The Brookings Institution logo Environmental Defense logo Institute for European Environmental Policy logo National Council for Science and the Environment logo
NRDC logo Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development logo Resources of the future Logo U.S.PIRG logo Womens Environment and Development Organization logo
World Resources Institute logo Education Matters logo Rocky Mountain Institute logo Union of Concerned Scientists
Eco Engineering logo City of Cinci logo Whole Foods logo Ground Work logo Sirrus Chemistry logo
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1 A New Era of Sustainability, UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study, 2010