Plan Your Career in Environmental Science
With the current barrage of bad news about environmental degradation there are many school leavers who are looking at careers that may make a positive contribution in improving the state of the natural environment worldwide. So how to you plan for a career in environmental science?
An environmental science degree equips you with essential skills and practical experience that could lead to a career in the environment sector or a range of other occupations
Environmental Studies/Science is a very broad field with many potential professional roles for you to play. So your ultimate career path will depend on the unique configuration of skills, interests, and values which you bring to the table. Here are a few possibilities to consider as you explore the options.
Careers in Environmental Science directly related to your degree include:
- Environmental consultant.
- Environmental education officer.
- Environmental manager.
- Nature conservation officer.
- Parks Management.
- Recycling officer.
- Sustainability consultant.
- Waste management officer.
- Water quality scientist…..and loads more.
There are a range of programs related to environmental management and environmental sciences. There are many types of programs leading to different types of careers.
The ‘Hard’ Science programs. These are programs focusing on chemistry, biology and physics and lead to careers related to measuring indicators of marine, aquatic and terrestrial well-being. That is to say, the health of the sea, rivers and land environments. These careers often involve sampling of air, water and soils and may involve both field work and laboratory work. If you find chemistry challenging then these programs may not be for you as they typically require you to study chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry.
The ‘Soft’ Science programs. These programs still require study of biology and chemistry but at a slightly lower level than the above. These programs are more likely to lead to careers that are focused more on field work, education and community engagement. If you are a ‘people person’ and are looking to be a change agent, then this type of program may be for you. Governments, schools, private companies and community organizations often have environmental educators on staff.
In either case, there are many really interesting subjects on offer and these include core subjects in;
- Soil Science
- Analysis of Scientific Data
When it comes to choosing electives, the choices are vast and include; Food for Healthy Planet, Cells to Organisms, Ecology Field Studies, Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development, Resource Management and Environmental Planning, Climate Change and Land Management, Coastal Processes and Management, Paleobiology…and many more.
Many of the careers in this field will work as part of a multi-disciplinary teams with other professionals including; engineers, town planners, economists and social planners. Sound interesting? Get in touch for more information on how to plan your career in environmental science.