One of the unique features of the MS-EMAP program is the program-funded 10-week internships at either the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is the Nation’s ultimate scientific authority in validating and upholding state-of-the-art measurements science and data–metrology; or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is the Nation’s top environmental policy making body. Students will have the opportunities to work with and learn from world leading practitioners in the fields of environmental measurements science and policy making. The 10-week internships are part of an integrated four-semester experiential sequence, EMAP-512 Metrolohy Lab I/EMAP-515 Advanced Environmental Policy Making Science I, Internships, EMAP-513 Metrology Lab II/Advanced Environmental Policy Making Science, and EMAP-518 Capstone Project, during which students will be vigorous trained in combining environmental measurements with policy making. Additionally, students will have regular opportunities through the program to observe or even participate in the deliberation processes of relevant US legislatures. Moreover, other government agencies, such as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and National Institute of Health (NIH) etc., can also be the place for internships if right opportunities present.
Career Prospects for EMAP Students
Although environmental issues usually start locally, their impacts/ramifications can rapidly become international in perspective. Therefore, pollutions and environmental impacts are not restricted by political boundaries. For future endeavors, it is important that responses to environmental issues of concern be based on the best available science and a clear understanding of what data measurements mean regardless of where or when the data are generated or measured. This EMAP program is ideally designed to provide future leaders and practitioners in the environmental world with the necessary knowledge, competencies and skills to support future policy endeavors and environment stewardship.
Students graduating from this program will be well equipped with both fundamental and practical knowledge, technical skills and competencies in EMAP that are widely applicable for positions in both the public and private sectors – government (at all levels) agencies and NGOs, research and academic institutions and corporate entities. Environmental research, policy development, monitoring and management, health and safety assessment, and chemicals management and products stewardship will be prime areas for the graduates of the MS-EMAP program.
Moreover, a significant percentage of the EPA workforce will become eligible to retirement in the next several years as the baby boomers reach their retirement age. The same is true for many other governmental agencies (both state and national). Collaborators from both NIST and EPA believe that there is a strong need for such an educational program based on their own needs within their respective governmental agencies.
Every business sector has the need for environment, health and safety assessment, management and regulatories compliance that are critical to successful business operations and provide employment opportunities for graduates. There will be additional opportunities in services that rely critically on chemical and biochemical measurements, such as forensic services, food and nutrition quality control and assessment services, measurement labs in medical tests, chemical and biological companies, just to name a few.
A currently, relevant example of where this degree will provide a strong advantage in terms of future job opportunities for Georgetown EMAP graduates is the enactment of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), also called Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA), in 2016. The law was ushered through and approved almost unanimously by both republican and democratic law makers in both chambers (403 to 12 in the House and 98 to 1 in the Senate), has a strong support from chemical industries and other stakeholders, and therefore will continue to be the law of land under the current and future U.S. administrations. In brief, the new TSCA emphasizes
(1) scientific testing and risk-based evaluation of all chemicals (old and new),
(2) promoting the development and implementation of alternative scientific test methods, including “big data” based methods,
(3) Emphasizing EPA science requirements & new science standards.
The enactment of the new TSCA will create a huge employments space in industries, advocacy groups/NGOs, and federal/state regulatory agencies. Graduates from the Georgetown EMAP program who will be rigorously educated and trained in both metrology (for scientific measurements) and policy (for developing policy based on the best available science) will be ideally suited for employment opportunities created by this new legislation.
More broadly, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2016-17 Edition) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-socialscience/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm, employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists, therefore the graduates of this EMAP program. The above predictions also apply to international job market.
As to potential pay scale for EMAP graduates, the following are some good references. According to Payscale.com, current median salary is $88,273 for an Industrial Hygienist, $99,320 for an Environmental Health & Safety Manager, and $126,352 for an Environmental Health & Safety Director.
In summary, the Georgetown EMAP program pioneers an advanced and integrated graduate education and professional training of highest quality in an emerging interdisciplinary field of great societal importance for future environmental sciences and policy leaders and practitioners, particularly in the fields of toxic substances measurement, management, and policy making. They are expected to compete well in an ever increasing employment space that addresses directly the very long-term well being of human society and the planet earth.
Career Resources for Alumni
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Information for Employers
At Georgetown University's Masters in Environmental Metrology and Policy Program, we are training future leaders who can integrate at ease the state-of-the-art environmental measurements science with environmental policy making. By supporting your employees to attend this program, you are helping them to develop the skills, experience and knowledge and to bring those back to your organization to help make meaningful impacts on the status of the environment for future generations.
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