Employment Trends & Statistics
The variety and geographic distribution of organizations that employ Nicholas School graduates demonstrate the value and relevance of the Master of Environmental Management and the Master of Forestry programs. Graduates’ career success confirms the marketability of a professional/graduate degree from Duke.
The following employment statistics are based on data collected for the Nicholas School class of 2022 six months following graduation.
2022 Distribution of Employment by Sector
2022 Salary Ranges
The average reported salary was $75,169 for this population. The reported annual salary mode for respondents was in the range of $70,000 to $74,000 (13% of respondents). Reported salaries vary widely depending on the type of employer, employment sector, individual qualifications, previous experience(s), and employment location.
Sample First Destination Employers (Class of 2022)
Apex Clean Energy
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Citizens Climate Lobby
California Public Utilities Commission
City of Durham (NC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NY)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
North Carolina Land and Water Fund
State of Alaska
Monterey Bay Aquarium
State of Vermont
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
North Carolina Coastal Federation
Kearns & West
US Forest Service
McKinsey and Co.
Resources for the Future
The Conservation Fund
The Nature Conservancy
The Watch Hill Conservancy
University of Tennessee
Urban Ocean Lab
The London Company