Hundreds of career opportunities exist for people who are passionate about the environment. Your perfect job may be in government or private industry, be outdoors or indoors, or may require an advanced degree or no degree at all. If you are driven, dedicated, and well prepared, that perfect job can be yours. Whether you're about to enter college or graduate school or are simply ready to switch careers, this list will familiarize you with a few of the numerous career paths available.
Before you choose a career path:
- Research environmental careers – learn about job descriptions, education requirements, and average salaries.
- Create a list of your skills and interests – think about how they can be applied to a career.
- Talk with professionals in your field of interest – if possible, spend a day with them and ask lots of questions.
Choose the type of profession which most interests you for descriptions of specific careers.
These careers involve lots of time studying and working in a lab, though they often also include field work.
Environmentally friendly practices or "greening" is a growing industry as more people become converned for the planet. Economics and investing are a part of the new market.
While animal behavior can be fascinating, it is not the only aspect of conservation science. These careers rely on strong math skills and methodical thought.
Actively engaging in changing policy or just people's minds, people in these careers must be passionate and persuasive.
Getting one's hands dirty is more than just occasional fun, it can be a life calling for many people who hate indoor desk work.