Environmental Studies

Environmental scientists conduct research to identify and abate or eliminate sources of pollutants that effect people, wildlife, and their environments. They analyze and report measurements and observations of air, water, soil and other sources to make recommendations on how best to clean and preserve the environment. They often use their skills and knowledge to design and monitor waste disposal sites, preserve water supplies, and reclaim contaminated land and water to comply with Federal environmental regulations.  Issues such as natural resources, waste management, pollution, ecological management, sustainability, climate change, and disaster reduction are often studied. This is a very diverse area of study which can work in conjunction with economics, law and other social sciences.

Significant Points:

  • Work at remote field sites is common
  • A Ph.D. degree is required for most research positions in colleges and universities and in government.

Sample Occupations:

  • Environmental Scientists
  • Teachers
  • Laboratory Researcher
  • Field Biology-agriculture, ecology, conservation, etc.
  • Environmental Law and Planning
  • Soil Conservation and Protection
  • Aquatic Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental Policy
  • Energy Conservation and Studies

Skills Required:

  • Willing to work outdoors
  • Good writing skills

Professional Organizations:

CDC Resources:

  • The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century
  • Opportunities in Environmental Careers, by Odom Fanning
  • Careers in the Environment, by Mike Fasulo and Paul Walker


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