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An overview of jobs in the Environmental Field

BY:Riya Puvvada

From working in the field to conducting experiments in a lab, have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in the field of environmental science? If you answered yes to this question, you’ve come to the right place! This article will help give you a synopsis of the diverse jobs in the environmental field that you could possibly obtain. 


1. Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Environmental Scientists and Specialists protect natural ecosystems and human health. They conduct clean-ups at toxic areas, work with factories to reduce waste, and advise political officials about problems in the area. They are paid $71,130 annually (as of 2019), and a bachelor’s degree is needed to work in these positions. This job is mostly full time. Depending on your role, you either work out in the field or in an office.


2. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Environmental Science and Protection technicians monitor the environment in the location where they work and investigate sources that affect human health, such as pollution, contamination, etc. These technicians are paid $46,170 annually (as of 2019). An associate degree is required to occupy this job. Based on your role, you will either work in an office, laboratory, or the field.


3. Environmental Engineers

Environmental Engineers use soil science, chemistry, and biology to help develop solutions for environmental problems. Engineers get paid $87,620 annually (as of 2019) and a bachelor’s degree is a requirement. Since they help create both environmental and technical solutions, environmental engineers work in a variety of settings. They mostly work in construction sites and offices.


4. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists study relationships between wildlife and their ecosystems and how human activities affect them and their habitats. They are paid annually $63,420 (as of 2019) and require a bachelor’s degree. However, zoologists and wildlife biologists don’t always work outdoors with animals; they sometimes work in offices and laboratories.


5. Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Conservation Scientists and Foresters help manage quality of land, forests, parks, and other habitats. They are paid 61,340 annually (as of 2019), and to obtain this job, you must have a bachelor’s degree. These scientists and foresters usually work for governments (federal, state, or local) or on privately owned lands and social advocacy organizations.


There is a wide variety of jobs in the field of environmental science, and if you are interested, you could focus your college plan to get one of these jobs. This was just a brief overview, but now that you know more about some jobs, apply for them and do what you love.


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