The career opportunities for young people interested in the environment are growing as more companies and organizations put an emphasis on “going green.” Environmental science students in college examine the structure and function of natural systems and can delve into coursework on the environment, biology, ecology, problem-solving, conservation and more. Through these studies, students are prepared to have careers that will have a positive impact on the environment. Here are some examples of what one can do with an environmental science degree:
Conservation officers act as police officers for conservation laws that help protect the land and the wildlife that inhabits it. These officers educate many members of the public about the laws governing hunting and fishing, for example, as well as conduct safety training for outdoor activities such as hunting, mountain biking or camping. Those with personal experience with outdoor recreation or an interest in preservation activities could show an interest in becoming a conservation officer. Coursework in environmental sciences and criminal justice can help these interested people become more employable.
An environmental scientist can use his or her scientific understanding of the natural world to aid in the protection of nature while still considering the needs of humans. Environmental scientists can find work in the public or private sector – as educators in or out of the classroom, consultants, researchers or policy makers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, environmental scientists make an average of $61,000 per year.
Wildlife biologists care for wild animals and help make sure that the habitat they live in is not affected by humans in a negative way. Some biologists go into the field and conduct research and make conclusions based on their findings. Through the work that wildlife biologists do, information is gathered about a wide variety of species, and the science community can increase its knowledge of the vast amount of animals around the world. A nice possible perk with this job is the opportunity to travel and conduct studies in foreign and/or exotic countries. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those working as wildlife biologists average of $57,000 per year.
These are just three examples of specific career paths within the field of environmental science. If you are interested in wildlife, biology, the environment, habitats or outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing, take steps to pursue a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.