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    Class of 2020 Master’s Graduate First Destinations

    The Office of Career and Professional Development conducts a survey six months after graduation each year, to determine the academic and employment activities of recent YSE graduates.

    The survey is a snapshot at 6 months post graduation, and includes only alumni who have participated in the survey.

    Employment Sector Responses Salary Range Median Salary
    Private (Business / Consulting / Law) 37% 30k-170k+ 90k-100k
    Not-for-Profit / Non-Governmental Organization 31% 30k-110k 50k-60k
    Government / Intergovernmental / Public Sector 21% 30k-130k 50k-60k
    Academics (K - Higher Education) 6% 30k-80k 50k-60k
    Further Study 3% N/A N/A
    Self Employed / Social Entrepreneurial 2% N/A N/A
     *Based on 112 Responses. Not all respondents provided salary data.

    Position Titles (Class of 2020 First Destinations)

    Academic (K - Higher Education)

    • Adjunct Instructor, Southern Connecticut University, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Consultant, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Forest Fellow: Communications, Outreach, & Extension, The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Intern, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia, USA
    • Middle School Science Teacher, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC, USA
    • Researcher, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA, USA
    • School Forests Research Coordinator, Yale School of the Environment, Yale Forest School, New Haven, CT, USA

    Further Study

    • Juris Doctor, Environmental Law, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY, USA
    • Master of International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC, USA
    • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

    Government, Intergovernmental, Public Sector

    • Adaptation Expert, Cherokee Federal, Washington, DC, USA
    • Associate, NY Green Bank, New York, NY, USA
    • Bobcat Program Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego, CA, USA
    • Climate Change Consultant, United Nations, New York, NY, USA
    • Consultant, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Nairobi City County, Kenya
    • Deputy Conservator of Forests, Government of India, New Delhi, Delhi, India
    • Engineering Intern, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford, CT, USA
    • Environmental Planner, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Los Altos, CA, USA
    • Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Rancho Cordova, CA, USA
    • Field Organizer, Iowa Democratic Party, Muscatine, IA, USA
    • Forest Governance and Timber Legality Assurance Expert, European Forest Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
    • Forest Health Watershed Coordinator, Humboldt County Resource Conservation District, Eureka, CA, USA
    • Honors Program Attorney, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC, USA
    • International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, USA
    • Law Clerk, Colorado Supreme Court, Denver, CO, USA
    • Management and Program Analyst, USA Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC, USA
    • Management Assistant, U.S. National Park Service, Hailey, ID, USA
    • Management Associate, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore
    • NOAA Digital Coast Fellow, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Providence, RI, USA
    • Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation Service, Washington, DC, USA
    • Research Analyst, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, New Britain, CT, USA
    • Short Term Consultant, World Bank Group, Washington, DC, USA
    • Social Sciences Specialist, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA
    • Transportation Program Specialist, U.S. Federal Transit Administration, Chicago, IL, USA

    Private (Business, Consulting, Law)

    • Analyst, Landscape Capital, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, Seattle, WA, USA
    • Associate Consultant, WSP, San Diego, CA, USA
    • Associate, Boston Consulting Group, Washington, DC, USA
    • Associate, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY, USA 
    • Associate, McKinsey & Company, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Associate, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City, MO, USA  
    • Business Development Manager, Ranger Power LLC, Brooklyn, NY, USA
    • Business Performance Manager, Samsung Electronics America, Plano, TX, USA
    • CEO, Cambium Carbon, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
    • CEO, Merry Go Rounds, Easton, MA, USA
    • CEO, OnePointFive, New York, NY, USA
    • Climate and Health Specialist, ICF (Contracted to US Global Change Research Program), Washington, DC, USA
    • Consultant, Apricum, Berlin, Germany
    • Consultant, Rhodium Group, New York, NY, USA
    • Energy financial advisor, Cemex, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
    • Environmental Program Manager, Google (via Adecco), Albuquerque, NM, USA
    • ESG Project Manager, Emil Capital Partners, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
    • Executive Communications Manager, McDonald Corporation, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Internal Account Manager, Triodos Investment Management, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
    • Investment Banking Associate, Credit Suisse, New York, NY, USA
    • Jr. Associate, McKinsey & Company, Bogota, Colombia
    • Manager of Client Strategy, NativeEnergy, Burlington, VT, USA
    • MP, Self, New York, NY, USA
    • Policy Analyst, Energy Innovation LLC, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Product Manager, Dandelion Energy, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Product Manager, Granular, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Program Manager, Microsoft, Seattle, WA, USA
    • Project Associate, Forestry and Technical Services, TerraCarbon LLC, Charlottesville, VA, USA
    • Project Developer - Grid Scale, EDF Renewables North America, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    • Project Developer, EDP Renewables North America, Houston, TX, USA
    • Project Manager, Credit Suisse, New York, NY, USA
    • Project Manager/Senior Transportation Planner, CDM Smith Inc., East Hartford, CT, USA
    • Regulatory Program Manager, Nexamp Inc., Boston, MA, USA
    • Research Assistant, Individual Researcher, New York, NY, USA
    • Senior Analyst, Energy Futures Group, Hinesburg, VT, USA
    • Senior Analyst, Investments, Avangrid Renewables, Boston, MA, USA
    • Senior Architect, LEVENBETTS, New York, NY, USA
    • Strategy Associate, Shopee, subsidiary of SEA Group (NYSE: SE), Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    • Sustainability & ESG Analyst, HXE Partners, New York, NY, USA
    • Sustainability Analyst, Rheem Manufacturing, Atlanta, GA, USA

    Self Employed, Social Entrepreneurial

    • Adviser, Special Projects, Emerson Collective, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    • Co-Founder, City Partnerships Lead, Cambium Carbon, Albuquerque, NM, USA

    Not-for-Profit, Non-Governmental Organization

    • Account Manager, CDP, New York, NY, USA
    • Analyst, United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC, USA  
    • Associate, Climate Action Reserve, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    • Climate Science Fellow, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington, DC, USA
    • Conservation Policy Associate, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Madison, WI, USA
    • Conservation Project Manager, Forterra NW, Seattle, WA, USA
    • Consultant, ClimateWorks Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Consultant, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Washington, DC, USA
    • Ecosystem Restoration and Policy Coordinator, San Juan Bay Estuary Program, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
    • Executive Director, CitySeed, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Fellow, Artisan Grain Collaborative, USA
    • Fellow, International Council on Clean Transportation, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Forest Manager, Yale School of the Environment, Yale Forests, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Forests in Cities Senior Fellow, Natural Areas Conservancy, New York, NY, USA
    • Graduate Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Yangon, Myanmar/Burma
    • Impact Strategy Lead, One Acre Fund, Kigali, Rwanda
    • Intern, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, USA
    • Intern/Associate, Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC, USA
    • International Climate Policy Associate, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Washington, DC, USA
    • Interviewer, Open Boat Editing, Washington, DC, USA
    • Junior Researcher, Metabolic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Manager, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Orlando, FL, USA
    • Policy Analyst, PennFuture, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    • Policy Analyst, US Climate Alliance, Washington, DC, USA
    • Policy Fellow, Evergreen Action, Remote
    • Policy Strategist, Acadia Center, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Program Manager, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, Delhi, India
    • Project Associate, Energy Action Partners, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Projects Manager, Wildlife Conservation Society, Kampala, Uganda
    • Research Analyst II, Systems Change, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, USA
    • Research and Policy Analyst, Clean Energy Transition Institute, Seattle, WA, USA  
    • Research Associate, Rural Development Policy Institute, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Research Fellow, Energy Futures Initiative, Washington, DC, USA
    • Senior Project Associate, Trust for Public Land, Portland, ME, USA
    • Special Projects Coordinator, Open Space Institute, New York, NY, USA

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