Rural Studies Careers

Rural Studies graduates most commonly end up in land-based and environmental careers such as chartered surveying, a rights of way officer or part of a local conservation team, charities and pressure groups. Additionally, government organizations and private firms provide openings for agricultural or environmental advisers. Graduates with an environmental science background find employment with conservation bodies such as English Nature, the Environment Agency, water companies, local government environmental health departments and other environmental protection agencies.

Because of the scope and flexibility of our degrees, there are many opportunities open to you for postgraduate training at Newcastle University and other research institutes. Our graduates have also successfully pursued careers in teaching, and non-environmental careers such as accountancy, banking, retail and personnel management, the Armed Forces, the police force, the Inland Revenue and other Civil Service departments, journalism and publishing.

You can also find helpful sites for advice on jobs in the area of rural studies and environmental science.

Examples of what our recent graduates are doing now:

  • MSc Rural Development and Resource Management, Newcastle University
  • Research Officer, Northumberland County Council
  • Army Officer, Armed Forces
  • Advisory Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Countryside Officer, Countryside Agency
  • Claims Advisor, NFU Mutual Insurance

To find out more about the careers our graduates develop, please review the latest DLHE (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education) statistics for Rural Studies BSc Hons.