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Environmental Science

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Why choose environmental science?

  • Active, fulfilling lifestyle

    Environmental Science gives the opportunity to do much more than sit behind a desk or work in a lab, hands-on fieldwork and sampling are included in many positions

  • High demand, and well paying jobs

    The job market for environmental scientists is growing quickly, and offers very good pay.

  • Purpose

    You can be a part of the solution for many of the critical problems that our world is facing. Contribute to the global effort to restore, and preserve our planet.

Careers in environmental science

  • Agricultural Agent

    A Government employee who assists people in rural areas with issues of farming and environment.

    • Develops and delivers educational programs
    • Assists in economic and community development
  • Environmental Researcher

    Studies and records environmental phenomena, as well as plans ways to reduce the damage that human activity has on the environment.

    • Studies sources and effects of pollution
    • Develops ways to remedy and prevent environmental damage
    • Government departments, or private companies in the mining, construction, or land development industry
  • Government Researcher

    Works to create and implement effective regulations, ensures that regulations are met, detects violations and penalizes violators.

    • Communicates with politicians to create strong reasonable regulations
    • Works with corporations to ensure compliance.
    • EPA, DEQ, BLM, and other government regulatory agencies
  • Pollution Engineer

    Use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems

    • Improve recycling and waste diposal
    • Technology for pollution control in water and air
    • Clean energy
  • Range Manager

    Measure and improve the quality of forests. Develop, maintain, and protect forests.

    • Work outdoors, in remote locations, in all weather
    • Plant, cultivate, count, and harvest trees
    • Help prevent and suppress forest fires
  • Toxicologist

    Studies the harmful effects of chemical, biological and physical agents in biological systems and establishes the extent of damage in living organisms.

    • Academic research, product safety, and consulting
    • Biology, chemistry, ecology, statistics, and mathematics.
  • Waste Management

    Working to find better ways to remove old chemical and nuclear waste from the environment and to dispose of new waste as it is produced.

    • Disposing of toxic waste materials in a manner that will not harm human health or the environment.
    • Consulting engineering firms, Government agencies, and chemical companies.
    • Boring rigs, pumps, toxicity tests, and lab work.

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