Today, some of the fastest-growing occupations are in the environmental sector. And add to this the allocation of billions of dollars by the federal government to implement its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which includes funding for green technology and practices, and is intended to stoke the creation of green jobs and one hot growing sector.
While there is a lot being written about the sector of green jobs as a whole and the many millions of new jobs being created, there isn't a lot of specific info available on the many different roles one can choose from within the environmental field; what kind of educational background is required for them; and what past experience and skills can be applied to these roles. Whether your aptitude lies in finance, consulting, law, marketing, lobbying or the outdoors, the environmental space has lucrative and satisfying career options that fit all these skills.
There are many positions available with private companies that are required to meet the new, more stringent state and federal environmental standards. Some important things to consider when seeking an environmental job are whether you want to work as a consultant (Read what a typical day in the life of a Sustainability Consultant involves), if you prefer a job that takes you outdoors (Read what is involved in being a National Park Ranger), and whether you like the idea of working for a small, local nonprofit organization (A regional planner at a New York-based nonprofit discusses her role), a large, national organization or the federal government (See what the job of a Policy Analyst at the EPA involves).
You might want to ask yourself what environmental issues you're particularly passionate about and what skills you have that may be applicable to those issues. Are you interested in cleanup work, policy, research or teaching? Another consideration is what type of education and background is required for various positions.
Below are some of the different roles offered within the environmental space. Click through to read in-depth descriptions, a day in the life and much more!
Hydrologists -- Water and Wastewater Experts
Environmental Monitoring Experts
Environmental Policy Lobbyists and Advocates
Executive Directors and Fund Raisers
Electrical (Environmental) Engineers
Environmental Justice Workers
Researchers on Local Sustainability Practices
Environmental Jobs in National Parks (E.g.: Rangers)
Environmental Planners—at the Local and National Level
Strategic Sustainability Consultants
Food and Agriculture Specialists
(Green) Finance and Economics Experts
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