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    Class of 2021 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.



    First Destination Full-Time Salary — by Sector
    Class of 2021, six months post-graduation
    Sector Respondents Salary
    Academic (K-12) 3 $40-70K $40-50K
    Government 9 $40-170K $60-70K
    Non-Profit 17 $40-170K $70-80K
    Private 26 $50-170K+ $90-100K
    Total 55    



    First Destination Employment by Sector

    Master's degree class of 2021, six months after graduation.

    Academics (K - Higher Education)

    • Clean Energy Coordinator, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Forest Manager, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Postgraduate Fellow, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT, USA

    Further Study

    • Fox International Fellow, Fox International Fellowship - University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
    • Fox International Fellow, Fox International Fellowship - National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Law Student, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
    • Law Student, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA
    • PhD Student, Ecology Evolution Environment Society, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
    • PhD Student, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MI, USA
    • PhD Student, Horticulture and Natural Resources, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
    • PhD Student, Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI, USA
    • PhD Student, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT, USA
    • PhD Student, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT, USA

    Government / Intergovernmental / Public Sector

    • Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Water, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Director, Strategic Initiatives, White House, US Government, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington D.C., USA
    • Forester, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Tumwater, WA, USA
    • Law Clerk, Pacific Architects & Engineers (contracted at US Department of Justice), Denver, CO, USA
    • Law Clerk, United States Federal Courts, Huntington, WV, USA
    • National Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Mandaluyong City, The Philippines
    • ORISE Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Washington, D.C., USA
    • Policy Aide, House Natural Resources Committee, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Program Analyst, World Bank, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Researcher/Consultant, Yale School of Public Health (contracted from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), New Haven, CT, USA

    Private (Business / Consulting / Law)

    • Analyst, Cadmus Group, Roanoke, VA, USA
    • Analyst, New Forests, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Associate Attorney (pending admission), Milbank LLP, New York, NY, USA
    • Associate Project Developer, EDF Renewables, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    • Associate, Investments, Hannon Armstrong, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Associate, McKinsey & Company, Boston, MA, USA
    • Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Consultant, EY Parthenon, New York, NY, USA
    • Deputy Director of Resilience Services, Climate Resilience Consulting, Chicago, IL, USA
    • ESG Client Associate, S&P Global, New York, NY, USA
    • ESG Researcher, MSCI, New York, NY, USA
    • International Development Research Specialist, ICF, Griswold, CT, USA
    • Junior Consultant, Roland Berger, Munich, Germany
    • Life Cycle Associate, SCS Global Services, Emeryville, CA, USA
    • Manager, Execution, Amp Energy, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Project Finance Associate, Rabobank, New York, NY, USA
    • Research and Analytics Associate, Calyx Global, Peekskill, NY, USA
    • Research and Policy Analyst, Eastern Research Group, Inc., Washington, D.C., USA
    • Senior Associate, Climate Finance Advisors, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY, USA
    • Senior Manager, Amp Energy, Portland, ME, USA
    • Solar and Storage Associate, Sol Systems, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Staff Scientist, The Sigma Group, Milwaukee, WI, USA
    • Sustainability Specialist, Calpine Energy Solutions, Houston, TX, USA
    • Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Citizens Bank, Johnston, RI, USA
    • Water Resources Engineer, Tetra Tech, San Diego, CA, USA

    Not-for-Profit / Non-Governmental Organization

    • Climate Impact Fund Fellow, VertueLab, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Community Relations Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Cle Elum, WA, USA
    • Consultant - Deforestation Research, CERES, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Consultant, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Consultant, Yale Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Deputy Director of Policy, Carbon180, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Government Relations Manager, National Ocean Protection Coalition, New Haven, CT, USA
    • Gruber Fellow, Human Rights Watch, New York, NY, USA
    • Pathways to Planetary Health Program Director, Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY, USA
    • Philanthropy Fellow; Program Research Analyst, University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business. Berkeley, CA, USA
    • Post-Graduate Research Fellow, Clean Air Task Force, Brookings, SD, USA
    • Producer, KCET/PBS SoCal, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    • Program Associate & Special Assistant to the President, American Farmland Trust, Louisville, KY, USA
    • Research Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Research Analyst, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Riparian Restoration Ecologist, The Lands Council, Spokane, WA, USA
    • Senior Associate, Carbon-free Electricity, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, CO, USA
    • Senior Associate, Decarbonizing Industrial Supply Chain Energy, Clean Energy Buyers Alliance, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Senior Director, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Senior Manager of Climate and Environment, InterAction, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Senior Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace USA, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Tropical Forest Restoration Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

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