Environmental Science Careers
Name: Shirley D
I would like to find about the different careers in environmental
First of all, many different fields are oriented towards
environmental problems (or can be); it is up to you to a certain extent to
orient yourself in an environmental sort of direction within some fields, like
chemistry, oceanography, etc... but off of the top of my head, some fields one
could pursue a career in environmental science might include:
-environmental engineering -analytical chemistry -atmospheric chemistry
-biochemistry -soil science/soil chemistry -geology/geochemistry -hydrology
-biological science -oceanography -paleontology (studying ancient animals'
responses to environment). And there must be many more...
I have a good friend who is an environmental engineer. He specializes in air
quality control and works for a firm which helps corporations comply with EPA
standards and helps train EPA personnel in various aspects of monitoring, as
well as many other aspects of the relationship between government and industry
with respect to environmental matters. As a chemist, my own prejudice is
naturally to tell you that you cannot go wrong no matter what you study, as
long as you include courses in analytical, organic, and/or physical chemistry.
To Robert Topper's list I would add some social science careers.
Human ecology is treated by geography, sociology, economics, and environmental
law. Environmental psychology studies the effects of the environment on human
behavior. There is a growing need for teachers in environmental education.
Also, environmental medicine and epidemiology or toxicology might be
interesting career choices.
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Update: June 2012