Wondering what you can do with your degree in freshwater sciences? Water is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, and employers are looking for people with the skills and experience you’ll develop here. Whatever aspect of water interests you most, you will be ready to join this exciting field. All of us at the School of Freshwater Sciences are here to help you every step of the way.

Here are a few examples of how you can use your degree:

  • Work with a local water utility to ensure safe drinking water.
  • Monitor waterways and beaches for contaminants.
  • Create safer and more efficient water infrastructure.
  • Manage invasive species to protect entire ecosystems.
  • Advocate for better water policies.
  • Restore and conserve habitats.
  • Educate the community about water issues.
  • Go to graduate school to specialize in a research field or environmental law.

Career Services & Internships

Internships provide you with valuable industry insights about your future career. Not only do these professional work experiences provide opportunities to develop skills in the workplace, but they may also be paid. Our graduate program coordinator, Aaron Thiel, is available to meet one on one with students to discuss internship opportunities and career paths.

Job Search & Career Platform

Use UWM’s Handshake platform to search and apply for on-campus and off-campus jobs and internships; create job alerts that notify you of positions matching your preferences; learn about virtual career fairs and career-related events; and showcase your accomplishments in your profile to attract employers.

Job Placement

Graduates of our master’s and PhD programs have high job placement rates of more than 90%. Our extensive network in the water industry will provide undergraduates with many opportunities to connect with future employers before graduation. Check out where our alumni are working.

UWM Career Center

UWM’s Career Planning and Resource Center offers career/major exploration, career planning, finding on-campus and off-campus jobs and internships, resumes, interviews and more. Stop in for quick questions or drop-in career advising, or schedule an appointment.