OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Science & Engineering Careers

Career Paths

The Renewable Materials (Science & Engineering option) degree program prepares graduate for numerous career opportunities, including:

  • Environmental Manager or Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Wood Products Scientist
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Chemical Engineer in Renewable Materials (with a double degree in Chemical Engineering)
  • Civil Engineer in Green Building/Design (with a double degree in Civil Engineering)

Given the diversity in the ways we use wood products and other renewable materials, it is no surprise that career opportunities are just as numerous. Nationwide, the industry employs over 2,000,000 people in 100’s of thousands of locations. The Science & Engineering option is oriented toward a technical career, but also provides exposure to business practices and skills. Graduate work to solve problems, create efficiencies and promote intelligent use of renewable materials.

Renewable Materials graduates are in high demand in lumber mills, plywood plants, architectural firms, interior products companies, green-building companies and environmental testing firms, among others. Here are a few of the different areas that our students find employment in after graduation:

Manufacturing careers are especially diverse and involve product and process development, quality control, production and management. Entry level-positions are typically in production and management training.

Technical service representatives work for suppliers, industry associations or manufacturers and use their knowledge of wood and the industry to solve problems, enhance the efficiency or profitability of clients, or to provide technical advice. University Extension programs are another source of employment.

Research scientists and technologists use imagination, inquisitiveness and insight in understanding wood, solving problems, or developing new products. Research areas are many, especially with product development and behavior, or process improvement. These careers often require graduate degrees.

To explore more forestry-related career paths, check out the Find Your Path booklet by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI).