About the Recycling and Resource Management ProgramReduce, Reuse, and Recycle for a Living with a Career in Resource Management
As more cities and businesses develop sustainability policies, there is an increased need for trained staff who can properly manage organizational resources, as well as initiate effective environmental programs on local and domestic fronts. Santa Monica College offers education and real-world training in recycling and resource management to help support individuals, communities, and companies reduce their waste, save money, and operate more efficiently.
Make connections between how historical events helped shape consumerism, and how other social phenomena influence our modern throw-away culture. Learn how current local and domestic national legislation impact zero waste, landfill diversion, recycling, composting, and resource management. Tap into key issues surrounding our carbon footprint, consumer laws, and cultural mindsets, and gain opportunities to connect with community partners on these topics.
Earn a Department Certificate or extend your coursework to earn a state-approved recycling and resource management certificate. Make a difference and play an influential role in how local communities and businesses work together to resolve global climate change.
Degrees and Certificates
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE - RECYCLING & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
18 units + General Education Requirements
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT - RECYCLING & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT CERTIFICATE - RECYCLING & ZERO WASTE
Upon completion of this certificate, students will demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and oversee waste management programs aimed at implementing Zero Waste principles and sustainability practices for individuals, businesses, and communities. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability to write proposals and policy using correct terminology, principles, and CA legislation and regulations regarding waste, recycling, sustainable resource management, and zero waste systems.
Potential Career Options
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|Job Title||Typical Education||Median Wage|
|Recycling Coordinators||High School Diploma or More||$53,280|
|Environmental Restoration Planners||A Master's or Professional Degree||$81,995|
|Hazardous Materials Removal Workers||High School Diploma or More||$43,326|
|Chief Sustainability Officers||Bachelor Degree||$178,483|
|Natural Sciences Managers||High School Diploma or More||$95,180|
|Compliance Managers||Bachelor Degree||$73,142|
|Sustainability Specialists||Bachelor Degree||$70,010|
|Soil and Water Conservationists||Bachelor Degree||$71,171|
|Range Managers||Bachelor Degree||$71,171|
|Park Naturalists||Bachelor Degree||$71,171|
|Forest and Conservation Workers||Bachelor Degree||$21,984|